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.
Alex Verdugo is back taking some swings at CBR! pic.twitter.com/7TWtQKR69q
— Clint Pasillas (FRG) (@realFRG) August 24, 2019
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.