Verdugo will be optioned to Triple-A Oklahoma City prior to Saturday's matchup against the Braves, Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Verdugo pieced together a solid .280 average with six extra-base hits and three RBI through 14 games during his stint with the big club. With Yasiel Puig (oblique) set to return from the disabled list, Verdugo will be shipped back to the minor leagues.
Verdugo went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Friday's 4-1 win over the Braves.
His third-inning shot put the Dodgers on the board, and was Verdugo's first big-league homer of the year and just the second of his career. The 22-year-old could head back to the minors Saturday when Yasiel Puig (oblique) comes off the disabled list, but he's hit well enough to stick around in the majors, slashing .280/.345/.440 in 14 games this season for Los Angeles.
Verdugo (knee) is starting in center field and hitting eighth Friday in Atlanta, Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times reports.
He hit his knee on the wall in foul ground down the first base line in Thursday's game, but brushed off the injury after the game, and is in his usual spot for the second game of this four-game set against the Braves. Verdugo has a pair of hits in each of his last two games, and is clearly ready for big-league pitching. Yasiel Puig (oblique) is expected to come off the disabled list Saturday, so it remains to be seen what Verdugo's role will be at that point.
Verdugo told reporters that he's "fine" after hitting his knee on the wall in Thursday's win over the Braves, Bill Plunkett of The Orange County Register reports.
The young outfielder tried to make a sliding catch along the foul line in right field, but he slid too late and ended up hitting the wall underneath the padding. Fortunately, Verdugo shook it off and played the rest of the game. It appears he avoided any type of injury, but it'll be worth monitoring whether he can stay in the lineup Friday.
Verdugo started in center field and went 2-for-4 with a double in Wednesday's 7-3 loss to the Phillies.
Verdugo has now started two consecutive games since being called up July 23. Tuesday's start came in place of Matt Kemp, and Wednesday's was to give Chris Taylor the day off in center. With Joc Pederson taking a hold of the left field job against righties, it appears that Verdugo will be limited to a fourth outfielder role until Yasiel Puig (oblique) returns from the disabled list Saturday.
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|2015||AFX-Great Lakes Loons||101||421||50||124||23||2||5||42||17||53||13||5||.325||.394||.295|
|2015||AFA-Rancho Cucamonga Qua||23||91||20||35||9||2||4||19||4||12||1||0||.406||.659||.385|
|2017||AAA-Oklahoma City Dodger||117||433||67||136||27||4||6||62||52||50||9||3||.389||.436||.314|