Alex Verdugo reportedly may miss the beginning of the season

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By Alex Barth, 985TheSportsHub.com

More bad news coming out of Fort Myers, as Alex Speier of the Boston Globe is reporting outfielder Alex Verdugo may miss the beginning of the season due to a back issue.

Alex Speier on Twitter

New Red Sox outfielder Alex Verdugo (back) may be sideline at the start of the season. The possibility was known in the trade, and added to Red Sox interest in Kevin Pillar https://t.co/pfmYVwM3Ht via @BostonGlobe

Verdugo, who the Red Sox acquired over the weekend as the headliner of the Mookie Betts trade, missed the final month of last season with a back injury. The 23-year-old's back issue dates back to May, although he played through it for most of the season, managing to hit .294 with 12 home runs in 106 games.

The good news for the Red Sox is that outfield is perhaps their deepest position. After signing Kevin Pillar on Wednesday, the team has four outfielders with MLB experience on the roster. JD Martinez, Jackie Bradley, Andrew Benintendi, and Pillar give Boston enough talent to be able to start the season without making a corresponding move.

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