The Los Angeles Dodgers are healthier now than when the 2019 season began. At that time they were without Clayton Kershaw and Rich Hill, who have since returned from their respective injuries.
Hyun-Jin Ryu and Kenta Maeda spent time on the 10-day disabled list, although each made a quick return after being out of the game for the minimum time required. Justin Turner suffered a serious injury due to a ball of his shin, so Pedro Baez took off his knee after taking a line of driving.
A. J. Pollock is still recovering from elbow surgery, but the Dodgers have been able to trust Alex Verdugo. However, the novice gardener is not 100% percent.
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts revealed that Verdugo is suffering from a back problem that was not included in his Sunday lineup against the Pittsburgh Pirates, as Alanna Rizzo or SportsNet LA:
Alex Verdugo has been dealing with some tensions in the back and not in the lineup today. I should start tomorrow against #Mets.
– Alanna Rizzo (@alannarizzo) May 26, 2019
The property was removed after playing six field tickets on Saturday. He made 1-for-4 on a walk, contributing to the Dodgers' setup in a Los Angeles franchise with eight doubles in a single game.
The start was the 11th consecutive of Verdugo and the 32nd of this season. Including a pop-up hit appearance on Sunday, 50 of the Dodgers' 53 games appeared.
After making the Opening Day list a fourth or fifth outfielder on the depth chart, Verdugo began to gain more time to play. He was already pressuring Pollock to start in center field when the veteran began to experience problems with his elbow that eventually suffered from surgery.
In addition to producing on the plate and in the field, Verdugo regularly provides an explosion of energy with its electric personality. He has given credit to his teammates for making him comfortable in the clubhouse and accepting who he is as a person.
Verdugo attributed the previous experiences with the Dodgers in 2017 and 2018 as a factor, but it can also be assumed that the maturation of the 23 years improved.