Dodgers News: Alex Verudgo Scratched From Monday Night’s Lineup

On Monday night against the St. Louis Cardinals, the Los Angeles Dodgers ran out a nice lineup to start with.

First, let’s take a look at what the plan was.

Now, that’s listed as past-tense for good reason. About one hour after the lineup card was released, Ken Gurnick had some news via twitter that Alex Verdugo had been scratched from the lineup. The reason listed was a sore back.

Of course, this is worth keeping an eye on; and that we will. Equally important, it’s an issue that has come up several times for Verdugo in the recent past.

Kristopher Negron replaces Verudgo in Monday night’s lineup. While some might have figured it to be A.J. Pollock, manager Dave Roberts said that Pollock has the night off for a different small nagging health-issue.

The good news is that Pollock is day-to-day only. However – the bad news is that this is a signal despite his recent torrid stretch following the All-Star break – he is still not fully healthy.

The Dodgers boast one of the deepest benches in all of baseball in 2019. For this reason, they can continue to play mix and match with a high-degree of success. Still, it would be nice to see a stretch where the team can get fully healthy as they work towards October baseball.

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  1. Dodgers are now 75-40 and their lead in the West is like, 18 games. But I guess our fans think we are 56-57, 18 games back and fading in the wild card like all the rest of the teams in our division.

  2. A lot can still happen before October rolls around. It’s good that the Dodgers have that great of a lead, but it pretty much means the Division is locked up, barring any apocalyptic meltdown. The NLCS is what people need to worry about being prepared for. Hopefully the bullpen situation straightens out.