Dodgers: Scott Alexander Undergoes Surgery

Alexander was once supposed to be a big part of the bullpen.

LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 27: Pitcher Scott Alexander #75 of the Los Angeles Dodgers pitches in the seventh inning of Game Four of the 2018 World Series against the Boston Red Sox at Dodger Stadium on October 27, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

Here is a name you probably have not heard in months: Scott Alexander. The 30-year-old lefty specialist underwent surgery to repair some nerve issues in his left hand.

Alexander last pitched for the Dodgers on June 5 before going down with various injuries. It is great to hear that the issue has been addressed via surgery. Although we do not know an official timetable on Alexander’s return, it is fair to expect him to miss a chunk of the 2020 season due to the serious nature of the procedure.

Here is a picture from Alexander’s Instagram account:

Alexander was traded to the Dodgers from the Kansas City Royals for prospect Trevor Oaks in a three-team deal. At the time of the deal, people were championing the under-the-radar move because of Alexander’s ground ball rate and excellent sinker. Alexander still has the makings of being a solid lefty specialist down the road for the Dodgers, but a fair assessment can only be made after he returns, obviously.

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Alexander threw 17 1/3 innings for the Dodgers before going down, posting a 3.63 ERA and 5.05 FIP with an elite 61.1 percent ground ball rate. In 2018 with Los Angeles, Alexander posted a 3.31 xFIP and at times, was the Dodgers’ best left-handed relief option.

Let’s hope he can still make good on his potential upon his return. Prayers out to Scott Alexander on a speedy and smooth recovery.

Written by Daniel Preciado

My name is Daniel Preciado and I am 19 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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