Dodgers’ outfielder Alex Verdugo, who injured his back in early August and missed the rest of the 2019 season, has fully recovered from the injury and is “back to 100%,” according to Chris Verdugo, his brother.
The conversation started with this series of tweets below.
You ain't lying, Alex is back to 100%
— Sirdugo (@sirdugo520) November 6, 2019
The Verdugo brother endorsed the idea that the Dodgers care about their players in his response.
Moreover, Alex Verdugo will also begin his training program in the coming weeks.
“He’s going to be starting his training regime in probably about a week or so,” Chris Verdugo said in a message to Dodgers Nation.
The 23-year-old Alex had a strong rookie season for the Dodgers, despite missing so much time. In his first shot at regular playing time at the big league level, he quickly became a fan-favorite while establishing himself as a key piece of the Dodgers’ core.
In 106 games, Verdugo posted a .294/.342/.475 slash line with 12 home runs, a 114 wRC+ and 2.2 fWAR.
His 13% K% was the second-lowest on the team and his 85% contact% led the team. That ability to make consistent contact was something the Dodgers lacked in the postseason.
He also played strong defense in both center field and right field with 13 total defensive runs saved, a 3.4 ultimate zone rating and 2 outs above average.
Having him fully healthy in 2020 will be a big boost to the Dodgers on both sides of the ball.