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Dodgers: Alex Verdugo Progressing in Return From Injury

Dugie is trying to volver, volver to the line up.

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CINCINNATI, OHIO - MAY 19: Alex Verdugo #27 of the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrates at second base after hitting a RBI double in the second inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park on May 19, 2019 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

It feels like the Dodgers have really been missing this guy. Outfielder Alex Verdugo suffered a right oblique strain early on August and has been missing since. That is, until now.

The outfielder posted an Instagram video where he was taking some swings off the tee at Camelback Ranch in Arizona. While this doesn’t expedite his return to the club — manager Dave Roberts already said that Alex wont return until shortly after the start of September — it still shows progress.

The 23 year-old has posted a .294/.342/.475 triple slash line with 12 home runs and 44 RBI in his first full season of big league action.

Upon his return, Los Angeles will not need to worry about an active roster spot for Dugie, but playing time will once again become an issue. With Joc Pederson getting the lion’s share of time in the outfield while facing right-handed starters, there is also a need to get at-bats for Chris Taylor, and even Enrique Hernandez in the outfield. AJ Pollock and Cody Bellinger have also seen plenty of time patrolling the outfield for the Dodgers.

Verdugo is not only one of the best defensive outfielders on the team, but with 14 defensive runs saved in 2019, he is one of the best in the game.

Written by Clint Pasillas

Clint is the lead editor of Dodgers Nation, and a host and analyst on Dodgers Nation's own Blue Heaven podcast live stream.

He's been writing, blogging, and podcasting Dodgers since about 2008. He was there for Nomar, Greg Maddux, and Blake DeWitt, and he'll be there for Walker Buehler, Alex Verdugo, Dustin May, and any Dodgers of the future.

He's also a sandwich enthusiast, a consummate athlete, and a friend.

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  1. I don’t know how to feel about this. Cant help being suspicious of his injury. This rings like LA’s FO fabricating an injury to keep him rested. So he passes around a video trying to tell the fans, ‘lookee here, I’m good and want to play!’ Meanwhile the suits keep up their September nonsense. How would you feel if you were the ‘Doog’ and you had to watch the Yanks in town from your favorite game room sofa?

    • Ralph, nothing surprises me anymore!!!! Personally, if AV returns rested and raring to go, I am a happy camper. He is a top-flight player whose presence has been missed. Go Blue!!!

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