It looks as if Alex Verdugo won’t be making his return to the big-league team as soon as the club expected. According to Dave Roberts, Verdugo has been experiencing back soreness after appearing in a few rehab games with the Ogden Raptors.
Alex Verdugo still feeling back soreness after playing two rehab games. Timetable for return delayed and he might return to Arizona for treatment.— Ken Gurnick (@kengurnick) September 4, 2019
Verdugo was placed on the Injured List on August 6 with a right-oblique strain. There is still no timetable for his return.
Update on Max Muncy
According to Ken Gurnick, Max Muncy began taking grounders today. He also might start taking swings as well. Muncy was placed on the 10-day IL on August 30 with a right wrist fracture. There’s still no update as to when Muncy can potentially return.
Update on Rich Hill
It looks as if the return of Rich Hill is very soon, maybe as early as next week.
Rich Hill will face hitters on Friday, two innings, could rejoin the club in relief next week.— Ken Gurnick (@kengurnick) September 4, 2019
Hill has been on the IL since June 20 with a left forearm strain. There’s a lot of questions still surrounding Hill, as it’s unclear whether or not he’ll have enough innings built up to be a starter in the postseason. If not, he’ll move to the bullpen, and the Dodgers will have to find another pitcher to use as their fourth starter.
After exiting early after getting hit in the head with a line drive in his last start, Roberts is unsure when he can return to the mound. He’s not currently on the IL, but it looks as if he won’t be pitching for at least a few more days. The good news, though, is that he threw a simulated game today at Dodger Stadium.