Alex Verdugo aiming for NLCS return
Alex Verdugo has been out of commission for the last month-and-a-half, and he may still need another month or so to recover.
The Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder said on Tuesday that he is aiming for a return in the NLCS, per JP Hoornstra of the Southern California News Group.
Verdugo, the 23-year-old phenom, has not played since early August due to an oblique injury and subsequent back issue suffered at a recent rehab game.
The NLDS is scheduled to begin for the Dodgers in roughly two weeks on Oct. 3, but the team was not expecting Verdugo to be back by then anyway. Should the NL West winners advance beyond that, their NLCS would begin on Oct. 11, and that sounds like a more realistic timeframe for Verdugo’s return.