Verdugo is expected to make his spring debut Friday, Ian Browne of MLB.com reports.
It's odd that a key player like Verdugo has not appeared in any of the first four Grapefruit League games, but Boston manager Alex Cora said there's no injury here. It's merely a matter of Verdugo getting his swing in shape. "He feels like he's not ready for action, although he's been on the back fields facing a lot of guys. I told him not to rush. I think Friday [and] Sunday is pretty good for him," said Cora. Verdugo was Boston's primary leadoff hitter in 2020, but Cora is getting a good look at Enrique Hernandez in that role, which could put Verdugo into a middle-of-the-order role.
Boston manager Alex Cora is considering multiple options to bat leadoff during spring training, including Verdugo, who led off the most for the Red Sox in 2020, Chris Cotillo of MassLive.com reports.
Cora talked up Verdugo's stint at leadoff but also mentioned having a few ideas atop the order. He didn't get into specifics, but Franchy Cordero or Enrique Hernandez could bat there. Verdugo had an .804 OPS with 27 runs scored and three stolen bases over 33 games as the leadoff batter.
Manager Ron Roenicke said Verdugo isn't expected to play in Sunday's season finale in Atlanta, Bill Koch of The Providence Journal reports.
The 24-year-old missed a couple games last week with hamstring tightness but returned to start the next five games, though he's 3-for-21 with three runs, three walks and seven strikeouts during that stretch. There's been no indication that Verdugo aggravated the injury, but it appears the Red Sox will express some caution heading into the final game of the season. Assuming he doesn't see the field Sunday, Verdugo will finish 2020 with a .308/.367/.478 slash line, six homers, 16 doubles, 36 runs, 15 RBI and four stolen bases in 53 games.
Verdugo (hamstring) is starting Tuesday against the Orioles, Christopher Smith of The Springfield Republican reports.
Verdugo missed the final two games of Boston's weekend series after leaving Friday's game with left hamstring tightness. However, the Red Sox had a day off Monday, and Verdugo will return to the starting nine Tuesday as he leads off and plays right field.
Verdugo (hamstring) is not in the lineup Sunday against the Yankees, Christopher Smith of The Springfield Republican reports.
The 24-year-old was lifted from Friday's contest with left hamstring tightness as a precaution, but he's now missing his second consecutive game. The Red Sox have a scheduled off day Monday, so Verdugo will benefit from two extra days of rest by sitting out Sunday. Per Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe, he won't be available off the bench in Sunday's series finale. Cesar Puello will take over in right field for the Red Sox, batting seventh.
Verdugo (hamstring) won't play Saturday against the Yankees, Ian Browne of MLB.com reports.
Verdugo left Friday's game as a precautionary measure due to left hamstring tightness, and the issue will keep him out of Saturday's lineup. It's unclear who will take his place in the lineup after Yairo Munoz (back) was placed on the 10-day injured list Saturday.
Verdugo was removed from Friday's game against the Yankees as a precautionary measure with left hamstring tightness, Ian Browne of MLB.com reports.
Verdugo left Friday's game in the top of the third inning as he was clutching his hamstring, and his initial diagnosis is that he's dealing with hamstring tightness. He should be considered day-to-day until more is known about the injury.
Verdugo left Friday's game against the Yankees in the bottom of the third inning with an apparent hamstring injury, Julian McWilliams of The Boston Globe reports.
Verdugo immediately headed to the dugout with trainers after being forced out at third base in the bottom of the third inning. He appeared to be grabbing his hamstring, and he was replaced defensively by Tzu-Wei Lin in the top of the fourth inning. Whether he misses any additional time remains to be seen.
Verdugo is getting the day off Sunday, Bill Koch of The Providence Journal reports.
He is out of the lineup for the series finale in Tampa Bay, and manager Ron Roenicke confirmed that it is simply an off day for the young outfielder. Yairo Munoz will start in right field and lead off.
Verdugo went 1-for-3 with a solo home run and a second run scored during a 6-5 loss to the Phillies in the first game of Tuesday's doubleheader.
He took Zach Eflin deep in the fifth inning for his sixth long ball of the year, going back-to-back with Rafael Devers. Verdugo then hit the bench for the nightcap. The blast ended a 21-game homer drought for the 24-year-old, but he was hardly struggling during that time, hitting .341 (28-for-82) with three steals, five RBI and 18 runs.
Verdugo is not in the lineup for Game 2 of Tuesday's doubleheader against the Phillies, Chris Cotillo of The Springfield Republican reports.
Verdugo went 1-for-3 with a solo homer and an additional run scored during the matinee, but he's not starting Game 2. Tzu-Wei Lin receives the start in right field for the nightcap.
Verdugo is not in the lineup for Sunday's game against the Blue Jays.
Verdugo will sit Sunday against lefty Robbie Ray, with manager Ron Roenicke noting that it's just a routine day off for the 24-year-old. Yairo Munoz starts in right field, batting leadoff. Verdugo is slashing .309/.356/.536 against righties and .320/.393/.460 against southpaws so far this season.
Verdugo went 2-for-4 with a double, a walk and two runs scored Wednesday against the Braves.
Verdugo helped jumpstart Boston's offense from the beginning of the game, earning a leadoff walk and immediately coming around to score on a double by Rafael Devers. He collected a double and single thereafter, notching his third consecutive multi-hit game. Verdugo is now hitting .315/.373/.531 with five home runs, 13 RBI and 26 runs scored across 142 plate appearances.
Verdugo went 3-for-4 with three doubles and two runs scored in Monday's 6-3 loss to Atlanta.
With a trio of doubles Monday, Verdugo has four in the last two games and 12 for the season. He's sporting a strong .306/.364/.529 slash line with 23 runs scored on the year.
Verdugo went 2-for-4 with a run scored and a stolen base in Saturday's 5-3 win over the Nationals.
Both of Verdugo's hits were singles. After his first-inning single, he scored on a Xander Bogaerts three-run homer. Verdugo added his third stolen base of the year in the fifth inning. The outfielder is slashing .295/.358/.500 with five homers, 12 RBI and 20 runs scored over 31 games this season.
Verdugo went 0-for-4 in Wednesday's 9-1 loss to the Blue Jays.
Verdugo was one of several bats silenced by the Blue Jays as Boston managed just three hits. The hitless night ended Verdugo's hitting streak at 14 games.
Verdugo is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Orioles, Bill Koch of The Providence Journal reports.
Boston manager Ron Roenicke will keep two of his left-handed bats (Verdugo and Mitch Moreland) on the bench in the series finale with southpaw Wade LeBlanc on the hill for Baltimore. J.D. Martinez will move into the outfield while Verdugo rests, allowing top catcher Christian Vazquez to slot in as Boston's designated hitter.
Verdugo went 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored in Friday's 8-5 win over the Orioles.
Verdugo once again displayed frenetic energy on the basepaths, stretching a single into a double and put himself in position to score on Michael Chavis' two-run single. He extended his hitting streak to 12 games and is tied for the team lead with 15 runs.
Verdugo went 1-for-3 with two walks, a stolen base and two runs scored in Wednesday's 6-3 win over the Phillies.
Verdugo has hit safely in 10 straight games, slashing .308/.386/.590 during the streak. He also notched his second steal of the last four games and scampered home to score Boston's fifth run on a Rafael Devers' double. He's not going to make the Red Sox forget Mookie Betts, but Verdugo has been one of Boston's leading hitters in 2020, ranking second on the team with an .886 OPS.
Verdugo went 2-for-4 with a double and a stolen base in Sunday's 4-2 loss to the Yankees.
Verdugo got aboard with a double in the seventh inning and stole third with two outs, but he couldn't come around to score. It was his first stolen base of the season. Verdugo has hit safely in each of his last seven games, going 9-for-28 (.321) with two homers, four runs scored and four RBI in that span. He's batting .286 with five homers, eight RBI and nine runs scored in addition to Sunday's steal in 20 games overall.
|Last 7 Games|
|09/26||@ ATL||W 8-2||4||0||0||0||0||1||0|
|09/25||@ ATL||L 7-8||5||1||0||0||1||0||0|
|09/24||vs BAL||L 1-13||3||0||0||0||0||1||0|
|09/23||vs BAL||W 9-1||4||2||1||0||0||1||0|
|09/22||vs BAL||W 8-3||5||0||2||0||0||0||0|
|09/18||vs NYY||L 5-6||2||0||1||0||0||0||0|
|09/17||@ MIA||W 5-3||5||1||3||0||0||0||0|
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|Minor League Batting Stats|
|2015||AFX-Great Lakes Loons||101||421||50||124||23||2||5||42||17||53||13||5||.294||.325||.394|
|2015||AFA-Rancho Cucamonga Qua||23||91||20||35||9||2||4||19||4||12||1||0||.385||.406||.659|
|2017||AAA-Oklahoma City Dodger||117||433||67||136||27||4||6||62||52||50||9||3||.314||.389||.436|
|2018||AAA-Oklahoma City Dodger||91||343||44||113||19||0||10||44||34||47||8||2||.329||.391||.472|