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Dodgers: Alex Verdugo Not Expected Back Until Early September

Dugie might be awhile out from returning.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 21: Alex Verdugo #27 of the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrates a game winning two run homerun of Matt Beaty #45, for a 4-2 win over the Colorado Rockies during the ninth inning at Dodger Stadium on June 21, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts announced that outfielder Alex Verdugo is still experiencing discomfort in his oblique, according to Ken Gurnick of MLB.com. He has yet to resume baseball activities and will not be returning to the lineup until after rosters expand in September.

Oblique strains are nothing to mess around with and considering how integral Verdugo’s lineup and defensive presence is to the Dodgers, there is no need to rush him back. They need him in October, not now in late-August with a division lead hovering around 20 games.

Verdugo should be fully healthy when it matters most and that is simply all that matters. They need Verdugo at full health and they should get him that way some time in September.

He is currently rehabbing at Camelback Ranch.

On the season, the 23-year-old rookie Verdugo is doing well, putting together a .294/.342/.475 slash line. He has also accumulated 14 defensive runs saved, putting him amongst the best in baseball. According to Baseball Savant, Verdugo also has an 86th-percentile expected batting average.

Prior to his injury, Verdugo had cooled down a great deal. From July 16 to his injury, he was slashing just .204/.259/.296 with a 48 wRC+. Prior to that, he was slashing a fantastic .307/.353/.502 line.

Although the Verdugo injury hurts the Dodgers, the activation of both Kiké Hernandez and Chris Taylor soften the blow.

Written by Daniel Preciado

My name is Daniel Preciado and I am 18 years old. I am a sophomore Sport Analytics major and Cognitive Science and Economics dual minor at Syracuse University. When I am not in New York, I live in Whittier, California --- not too far from Chavez Ravine. I am pretty old-school for being an analytics guy and I will always embrace debate. Also, Chase Utley did absolutely nothing wrong.

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  1. AV is an integral component of the team, and one big reason as to why we are where we are in the standings. The team will not rush his return, and that is how it should be. Go Blue!!!

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