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Dodgers News: Alex Verdugo Will Not Be Ready for 2019 NLCS

Dugie might be down for October.

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)

According to JP Hoornstra of the Southern California News Group, outfielder Alex Verdugo seems to be out for a potential NLCS should the Dodgers advance.

This is not good news. Verdugo was an integral part of the Dodgers’ terrific defense and offensive attack against both right-handed and left-handed pitching. While the Dodgers’ position player corps is still strong without Verdugo, it is a shame that he will not be on the field when it matters most.

As Hoornstra mentioned in his tweet, he has yet to take full swings and he is progressing slowly from a back injury. Verdugo initially went on the shelf with an oblique strain, but developed a back issue during his recovery.

On the season, Alex Verdugo played in 106 games, amassing a .294 batting average and .817 on-base plus slugging percentage. This counts as his rookie season and he was fantastic in the campaign. A fully healthy Verdugo is imperative for the Dodgers down the road.

While a potential World Series return has not been ruled out, Verdugo appears to be unlikely to return at all this season. Verdugo’s absence created the ability of Matt Beaty to rise up and make the postseason roster and should Verdugo return, he would most likely take Beaty’s spot on the postseason roster.

Written by Daniel Preciado

My name is Daniel Preciado and I am 18 years old. I am a sophomore Sport Analytics major and Cognitive Science and Economics dual minor at Syracuse University. When I am not in New York, I live in Whittier, California --- not too far from Chavez Ravine. I am pretty old-school for being an analytics guy and I will always embrace debate. Also, Chase Utley did absolutely nothing wrong.

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