There are times when the Dodgers’ lineup just feels like it could use a little veteran presence. Furthermore, there are times when it feels like it needs the flash and flair of a talented yet seasoned rookie.
Now, the Dodgers are a step closer to getting both of those things back in the mix. Just a day after receiving health updates about several prominent members of the pitching staff, Ken Gurnick has our back. Furthermore, Gurnick of MLB.com reports that Dave Roberts has given a basic timeline of when David Freese and Alex Verdugo will re-join the big league club.
Dave Roberts said David Freese will be activated Sept. 1. Alex Verdugo still has oblique soreness, he won’t be activated the first week of September.
— Ken Gurnick (@kengurnick) August 28, 2019
To be more specific, Roberts says that Freese is scheduled to activated on September 1st when rosters expand. By comparison, Verdugo won’t be activated the first week in September because he’s still dealing with oblique soreness.
Obviously, this is great news to get back Freese with a little time left in the regular season to ‘grease his gears’ before October begins. In 66 games in 2019, Freese is a .300 hitter with a .399 on-base percentage. His reputation for hitting in the postseason has made him a household name within the sport. His importance to a club like the Dodgers in a season like this should not be underestimated.
In the case of Verdugo, oblique injuries are a tough thing to timetable. On one hand, it’s positive that Roberts didn’t give any mention to him continuing to miss significant time. Indeed, Verdugo has been a nice contributor for the Dodgers in 2019. In 106 games, he’s hit .294 with an .817 OPS while providing elite defense in the outfield.
Finally, both of these players should be watched closely in the month of September. After certain clinches take place, there is more of the story left to be written for the 2019 Dodgers. Both Freese and Verdugo will serve in a prominent role in writing those final chapters that everyone remembers.