Dodgers: Injury Updates On David Freese & Alex Verdugo

Freese further along than Verdugo, but both are on the mend.

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 reports that Dave Roberts has given a basic timeline of when David Freese and Alex Verdugo will re-join the big league club.

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.

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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