Dodgers: An Update on Alex Verdugo’s MLB Postseason Outlook

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts spoke to the media prior to Friday’s matchup with the New York Mets and said that rookie outfielder Alex Verdugo is still not participating in baseball activities and that it is very unlikely he will return in time for the NLDS. This is not what you want to hear.

Verdugo has been on the injured list since August 6 with an oblique issue, but has since begun to deal with back issues as well. The news that he will not be available for the first round of the playoffs is entirely discouraging, but according to Dave Roberts, the team expects him to come back and make an impact in October:

The 23-year-old outfielder did not receive the news the Dodgers wanted nor he wanted, but if he can make a potential NLCS and/or World Series impact, you take that ten times out of ten.

Verdugo holds a .294 batting average and .817 on-base plus slugging in his rookie campaign and has been one of the best defensive outfielders in the league in 2019. The Dodgers are continuously mixing and matching at the top of their order without Verdugo and this will continue into the playoffs.

Expect Cody Bellinger, Chris Taylor, AJ Pollock, and Joc Pederson to take up most of the at-bats in the outfield down the stretch.

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