Verdugo (back) said Monday that he feels "100 percent" physically and relayed that he has resumed hitting at the Red Sox's spring training facility in Florida, Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports. "Whenever the season starts, I'll be ready," Verdugo said.
Before the Red Sox acquired him from Los Angeles in February, Verdugo had been limited during the offseason by an oblique injury he suffered last August, but it was a stress fracture in his back that kept him sidelined throughout spring training. The back issue looked like it would force him to the injured list to begin the season, but the MLB's ongoing hiatus has since afforded him sufficient recovery time. Whenever the Red Sox are cleared to resume full-squad workouts, Verdugo's activity may be monitored carefully, but assuming he avoids any further setbacks, he should get the green light to play when the season begins. A healthy Verdugo should fill at least the strong side of a platoon in the outfield, with Kevin Pillar likely moving into a fourth-outfielder role as a result.
Red Sox interim manager Ron Roenicke said Tuesday that Verdugo (back) has not been able to progress as quickly as the team hoped because of the shutdown, Chris Cotillo of The Springfield Republican reports.
Two weeks ago, general manager Chaim Bloom addressed the media and said Verdugo was "coming along well" in his recovery from a stress fracture in his back. It sounds like Roenicke's tune was slightly different; Verdugo has been taking full swings and is running well, but it's apparently been difficult for him to do all of the rehab work from home. While it's a bit disconcerting how long this issue has been lingering, Verdugo could still end up being ready for games whenever play resumes.
Red Sox general manager Chaim Bloom said Monday that Verdugo is "coming along well" in his recovery from a stress fracture in his back, Bill Koch of The Providence Journal reports.
Verdugo had resumed swinging prior to the league-wide shutdown, though he wasn't expected to be ready to play by Opening Day. He still doesn't have a concrete timetable, and Bloom's update doesn't add a ton of clarity to the outfielder's situation, but the delayed season presumably gives Verdugo a shot to not miss any time. A more precise timeline for the Red Sox's new right fielder should emerge once teams are able to resume baseball activities.
Verdugo (back) took 20 swings in a batting cage Monday and took part in on-field agility drills, Julian McWilliams of The Boston Globe reports.
The young outfielder has been battling a stress fracture in his back. He hasn't officially been ruled out for Opening Day, but time is getting quite short for him to build up to game shape with just over two weeks until the season starts. The fact that he was able to resume baseball activities suggests he shouldn't miss too much time to start the year.
Verdugo (back) is still not ready to swing a bat, Anthony Castrovince of MLB.com reports.
The Red Sox were hopeful Verdugo would begin swinging this past week, but the back injury continues to delay the outfielder. "We're just not there yet," interim manager Ron Roenicke said. When camp started, it was presumed Verdugo's availability for Opening Day was iffy. Now, the question is how long into the regular season the Red Sox will be without their presumptive starting right fielder.
Verdugo (back) could begin taking swings sometime this week, Alex Speier of The Boston Globe reports.
The 23-year-old has reportedly been making good progress in his rehab work, but not swinging a bat has remained a hurdle for his return from a strained oblique and stress fracture in his back. Interim manager Ron Roenicke previously indicated Verdugo could be ready for Grapefruit League games in mid-March, and swinging a bat this week would be a significant step in that projection becoming reality.
Interim manager Ron Roenicke said Tuesday that Verdugo (back/oblique) is "coming along well" in the rehab process and could be ready to play in Grapefruit League games by mid-March, Alex Speier of The Boston Globe reports.
The skipper noted that Verdugo still hasn't swung a bat this spring, so he'll have to clear that hurdle -- among several others in his rehab from a stress fracture in his back and a strained oblique -- before his availability for game action can be considered imminent. Roenicke's comments at least suggest that Verdugo hasn't been ruled out for Opening Day, though at this stage, the outfielder seems more likely to begin the campaign on the 10-day injured list.
Verdugo (back/oblique) is running outside and throwing Thursday, Julian McWilliams of The Boston Globe reports.
It's the first time the 23-year-old has thrown since September, so it appears to be a significant step as he works his way back up to full strength from an oblique strain and stress fracture in his back. Verdugo remains without a timeline for his return, leaving his status for Opening Day as questionable, at best.
Verdugo is dealing with a stress fracture in his back as the Red Sox begin spring training and might not be ready for Opening Day, Chris Cotillo of The Springfield Republican reports.
Verdugo was forced to miss the final two months of the 2019 season, and the Red Sox are bringing him along slowly to begin spring training. The team is reportedly happy with his progress in his rehab, but it will likely exercise caution. However, interim manager Ron Roenicke said Saturday that Verdugo might not be ready for Opening Day even if everything goes according to plan. The 23-year-old will likely serve as an everyday player for Boston once he's healthy after he was acquired via trade earlier in February.
Verdugo (oblique) may not be ready for Opening Day, Alex Speier of The Boston Globe reports.
Verdugo is still working past a back/oblique injury that kept him sidelined for the final two months of the 2019 season, leaving his status for the start of the 2020 season in question. The Red Sox apparently knew of this possibility prior to trading for Verdugo, which explains the team's decision to sign veteran outfielder Kevin Pillar. Once healthy, Verdugo figures to fill an everyday role for Boston after slashing .294/.342/.475 across 106 games last season.
Verdugo (oblique) was mentioned along with Andrew Benintendi as a possible leadoff man by interim manager Ron Roenicke, Alex Speier of The Boston Globe reports.
Verdugo should benefit from his recent trade from the Dodgers, as he should fill an everyday role in the outfield and has a good shot to be a key piece in the Red Sox's lineup. Mookie Betts' move to Los Angeles in that trade certainly weakens Boston's offense, but hitting in front of Xander Bogaerts, Rafael Devers and J.D. Martinez is still quite a good spot to be.
Verdugo (oblique) will join the Red Sox following an agreed upon deal with the Dodgers on Sunday, Jeff Passan of ESPN.com reports.
An agreement has been reached that will send Verdugo, Jeter Downs and catching prospect Connor Wong to Boston in return for Mookie Betts and David Price. Verdugo was putting together a breakout season before straining his oblique in August, hitting .294/.342/.475 in 106 games prior to the injury. The 23-year-old is expected to replace Betts in right field after arriving in Boston.
Verdugo's (oblique) reported move to the Red Sox hit a snag Saturday as the Twins withdrew from their portion of the three-team trade, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports.
The Red Sox weren't happy with what they saw in Brusdar Graterol's medical history and demanded an extra prospect from the Twins to complete the deal. The two sides weren't close on what the caliber of that prospect should be, so the Twins elected to withdraw from the pact. The Dodgers and Red Sox are still expected to find a way to complete the trade, which would send Verdugo to Boston with Mookie Betts and David Price going the other way, but for now, Verdugo remains with Los Angeles.
Verdugo (oblique) was traded from the Dodgers to the Red Sox in exchange for Mookie Betts and David Price as part of a three-team trade with the Twins on Tuesday, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports.
According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, the Twins' portion of the deal includes acquiring Kenta Maeda from the Dodgers and sending pitching prospect Brusdar Graterol to the Red Sox. Verdugo went down with an oblique injury in early August and missed the rest of the regular season and playoffs, but he was in the midst of a breakout season with a .294/.342/.475 slash line in 106 games prior to the injury. The 23-year-old figures to replace Betts in right field for the Red Sox.
Verdugo (oblique) has yet to resume baseball activities, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports.
An oblique strain has kept Verdugo off the field since early August. His goal is to be ready to play by Opening Day, but he'll need to make some tangible progress before it's clear that will be possible.
Verdugo (oblique) isn't expected to play this postseason, JP Hoornstra of The Orange County Register reports.
Verdugo has been sidelined since Aug. 4 due to a right oblique strain, and while the Dodgers were initially optimistic about the outfielder's chances of returning for the playoffs, it now appears his 2019 campaign is over. "It's not bad," said Verdugo. "It's just when I get to that little extra range, that full range is when I feel a little bit of it." When asked about Verdugo's recovery process, skipper Dave Roberts stated "It's slow. He's moving around as you see. But as far as baseball activities, he's really not doing a whole lot. So, to see him ready at all this postseason -- very unlikely."
Verdugo (oblique) has resumed running and is hopeful for a return in the National League Championship Series if the Dodgers advance, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports.
It's encouraging that Verdugo has resumed running, although he also said that he is still unable to swing a bat without experiencing back pain. The 23-year-old has been on the shelf since early August with a right oblique strain. Despite Verdugo's optimism, manager Dave Roberts indicated that it's "very unlikely" that he returns during the postseason, according to Ken Gurnick of MLB.com.
Verdugo (back) has been ruled out for the NLDS, Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times reports.
The soonest he could return would be for Game 1 of the NLCS, which is scheduled for Oct. 11. Verdugo has been on the shelf since Aug. 4.
Verdugo (oblique) still isn't taking part in baseball activities, and he's "very unlikely" to be ready for the first round of the postseason, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports.
Verdugo continues to struggle to make progress after suffering a back injury while rehabbing from an oblique strain. At this point, it doesn't appear that he'll be ready to return until early-to-mid-October. The Dodgers should have another update on his timetable once he's cleared to resume baseball activities.
Verdugo (back/oblique) has been shut down for a few days, Jorge Castillo of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Verdugo hurt his back while rehabbing an oblique injury last week. His return timetable likely won't become clear until he starts progressing again. The Dodgers recalled Edwin Rios as an extra bat off the bench Tuesday due to Verdugo's lack of progress.
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