Dodgers’ News: Verdugo Held Out With Back Soreness

Alex Verdugo will be held out of Sunday’s game in Pittsburgh with back soreness.

CINCINNATI, OHIO - MAY 19: Alex Verdugo #27 of the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrates at second base after hitting a RBI double in the second inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park on May 19, 2019 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

The Dodgers will be without their young spark plug Alex Verdugo in Sunday afternoon’s game in Pittsburgh. The young outfielder was held out of the lineup with some back soreness, paving the way for a Kiké Hernandez start in center field.

Verdugo had been on enjoying a productive month at the plate, though he was also held out of Friday’s game as well. For May, he has an on base percentage worthy of a lead-off man at .368 and is hitting great at .311 overall.

The Dodgers will have to turn to Hernandez in center field for Sunday’s game, who is hitting just .152 in the month of May.

Dave Roberts expects Verdugo to be back in the lineup on Monday against the Mets.

Written by Brook Smith

Brook is the Senior Editor of Dodgers Nation, with several years of experience in sports journalism. He is an avid Dodgers and Lakers fan, and can be spotted fairly often at Dodger Stadium and Staples Center.

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