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Dodgers Alex Verdugo Still Rehabbing Injured Back In Arizona, but No Progress Made

It appears his progress has stalled

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - MAY 08: Alex Verdugo #27 of the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrates his RBI single to take a 7-4 lead over the Atlanta Braves during the seventh inning at Dodger Stadium on May 08, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Dodgers rookie outfielder Alex Verdugo’s return is no longer imminent, per Ken Gurnick.

Stagnant is never a word one wants to hear in these situations. Alex Verdugo had spent the last week or so with the Ogden Raptors, doing some rehab games. It had been rumored he had an awkward swing that appeared to hurt his back, and confirmed via Alanna Rizzo in a previous piece.

When Is He Going To Volver?

A setback while resetting your back is never easy. In fact, it’s usually more difficult than reading the last sentence in this article. Backs are notoriously unpredictable and frustrating to heal. If there is an upside to this new information, it’s that he is at least continuing to rehab, as opposed to being put on the shelf entirely. The unfortunate news is that with an oblique injury, there is very little certainty. Alex Verdugo could be back in a week, or it may take a lot longer than that.

A Missed Asset In The Lineup

Alex Verdugo had accumulated a 3.1 bWAR in 106 games before injury. He posted an .817 OPS while playing plus defense in the outfield. In his stead, A.J Pollock, Joc Pederson, and Enrique Hernandez are likely to get play more playing time. We are likely to see Hernadez in center field, as well as Cody Bellinger mixed in there as well. When Alex Verdugo returns, he will go back to taking most of the starts in center field.

Written by AJ Gonzalez

AJ is a lifelong Dodgers fan who grew up in California. His whole family are also lifelong Dodgers fans. He lives in Tennessee with his wife, daughter, beagle, and strat.

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  1. One thing is for certain IMHO, and that is the Dodgers most likely miss this year’s WS and most likely lose to the WC game winner in the 1st round of playoffs. But it sure won’t be because Verdugo was not able to return healthy enough in time for the PS

    • What do you base this opinion on? This will be the best post-season roster of this current run.

  2. Dodgers have been sluggish and inconsistent last few weeks and suddenly the Braves are catching up to them for top record. Starting pitching now doing as well and offense a bit stagnant of late.. need to shake out of it…

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