Verdugo is not in the lineup for Triple-A Oklahoma City on Wednesday after twisting his ankle during Tuesday's game, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports.
Verdugo exited Tuesday's minor-league game in the third inning after turning his ankle while making a throw. The injury isn't believe to be serious, per Gurnick, but the Dodgers will obviously proceed cautiously with one of their top prospects.
Verdugo was optioned to Triple-A Oklahoma City on Wednesday, J.P. Hoornstra of the Los Angeles Daily News reports.
Verdugo will head back to the minors in order to clear a spot on the roster for Yasiel Puig (ankle), who was activated from the disabled list in a corresponding move. The top prospect was set to lose a good amount of playing time with Puig returning to action, so the Dodgers opted to send him back to the minors to get everyday at-bats with Oklahoma City. He hit a fine .265/.306/.382 across 37 plate appearances with the big club and should be back at some point this season.
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts relayed Sunday that Verdugo would see significant playing time in the outfield following Yasiel Puig's (hip/foot) placement on the 10-day disabled list, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports.
Verdugo joined the Dodgers for their doubleheader Saturday against the Giants, starting in the second game of the twin bill and going 2-for-3 with a walk. The 21-year-old was on the bench for Sunday's 4-2 loss, but that likely had more to do with Roberts opting for a right-handed-heavy lineup to counter Giants southpaw Ty Blach. Based on Roberts' comments, Verdugo seems likely to start in all of the Dodgers' next three games against the Diamondbacks, who list right-handed pitchers as their probable starters for each of those contests. The promise of steady playing time along with Verdugo's standing as a top-tier prospect in the Dodgers organization could make him worth an activation in deeper or NL-only leagues this week.
Verdugo was recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City on Saturday. He is starting in right field and hitting eighth against the Giants.
With Matt Kemp (quad) and Yasiel Puig (foot) dealing with minor ailments, the Dodgers decided to bring up Verdugo ahead of the second game of Saturday's twin bill. The 21-year-old prospect owns a .276/.309/.474 batting line and four homers through 81 plate appearances with Triple-A Oklahoma City this season. It's unclear if he'll stick with the big club, but he could have the opportunity to earn playing time if Puig is forced to miss any time.
Verdugo was optioned to Triple-A Oklahoma City on Tuesday, Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Verdugo was in the mix for the Dodgers' left field job this spring but will start the season in the minors. The 21-year-old performed well with a .324 average and .979 OPS over 34 at-bats in spring training but Los Angeles is still considering the veteran options for the position, such as Matt Kemp, Joc Pederson and Andrew Toles.
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