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Dodgers: Alex Verdugo Shut Down From All Baseball Acitivites

When will we see Volver again?

Alex Verdugo bats at Dodger Stadium.

On Tuesday, you heard that the Los Angeles Dodgers have recalled Edwin Rios. Now, some news breaks that Alex Verdugo may be running out of time to get right before the regular season ends.

First, Bill Plunkett released a tweet announcing that Verdugo has been shut down from all baseball activities. Because of this, the Rios move was prompted.

Next, let’s remember that Verdugo’s progress was reported as ‘stalled’ just days ago. Of course, this was after Verdugo’s back flared up while on a rehab assignment with Rookie-ball Ogden.

Furthermore, Pedro Moura says on twitter that the Dodgers were prepared to bring Rios to Baltimore from ‘stay-hot’ camp in Camelback because of Verdugo’s lack of progress. Rios offers some pop from the left-handed side like Verdugo. Albeit, he’s not the difference maker on two sides of the ball that Volver is; but the Dodgers are just looking to replace the pop if they can.

Finally – any time you hear the words ‘shut down from baseball activities’ – it’s concerning. The Dodgers need Verdugo, but more importantly; they need him healthy to be able to make the impact he’s capable of making.

We have all seen that he can be a .300 bat and plus defender, but will be have time to get back to the lineup in time to be cleared for the playoff roster? Time will tell, and stay tuned as we have more on this story that is sure to develop over the coming days and weeks.

Written by Clint Evans

Clint lives in Ohio, and played collegiate baseball. He loves the Dodgers due to his first memories of Chavez Ravine when he was nine years old. The voice of Vin Scully has been a staple in his life since he was a kid. No amount of baseball talk is ever enough, and he wishes the regular season was year round. He has written about baseball online since 2007.

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  1. Unbelievable he’s 21 and already has back problems he’ll probably be injury prone like Seager. Just pack it up we’re done we won’t win in the playoffs without him

    • I think they can win without him. But he was an important cog. Makes the importance of guys like Turner, Muncy, Bellinger and Seager to show up and show out in October even bigger.

    • Never say never. The Dodgers have been injury plagued the last few seasons and have done well. So what if they didnt win the world series but at least they got there

  2. I enjoyed watching him play with such enthusiasm! I have missed him. Hoping this issue will not stall his career forever! Hurry back young man!

  3. Verdugo is important, but at this moment not essential. Right now it is more important to have Muncy and Bellinger producing. And the Ds need to figure out exactly what the late season funk is with some of the key pitchers. Plus, can the team keep sharp with three weeks of less meaningful games? You can’t go on cruise control and automatically stomp back on the gas in October.

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