Last season, the Dodgers lost rookie outfielder Alex Verdugo to a back injury in August. After several failed rehabilitation attempts, the fan-favorite finally shut it down late in September.
That was only the start of an arduous offseason for the 23-year-old.
While the small fractures in his back didn’t require surgery, they did force an overhaul to his way of life and fitness. The LA strength and conditioning team set Verdugo on the path of strengthening his back and surrounding muscle groups, and a heavy focus on core work.
Then he was traded to the Red Sox.
When Dugie arrived in Boston as the headliner in a trade with Los Angeles that ripped away homegrown MVP Mookie Betts, fans in the New England area didn’t hold the left-handed batter in high regard.
Then came spring training and fans learned that their prized imported player wouldn’t even be ready for the start of the season. However, not after a lengthy delay to the baseball season, and a nearly 9 month layoff from game activity, Alex Verdugo says he’s 100% and ready to go.
"Whenever the season starts, I'll be ready." — Alex Verdugo, recovered from his back injury.
— Ian Browne (@IanMBrowne) May 4, 2020
On a call with Boston media on Monday, the outfielder declared himself ready for the season. He also mentioned that he’s been working out at home, and now had made his way to the Red Sox spring training facility in Fort Myers, Florida to continue his preparation for the season… whenever that may be.
While he’s no longer a Dodger, Dugie will always hold a special place in our hearts.