Alex Verdugo gives update on back injury

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By Alex Barth, 985TheSportsHub.com

Following a report on Thursday that newly acquired Red Sox outfielder Alex Verdugo could miss the beginning of the season due to a back injury, Verdugo himself shed some light on the situation speaking to reporters on Saturday.

Verdugo said he suffered the injury, an 'L-5 stress fracture,' last year while on a rehab assignment for an oblique issue.

According to Verdugo, he has discussed a 'time frame' for a return with the Red Sox medical staff and front office. However, he did say the team is "not really sure" if he will be ready to go for the start of the season.

You can hear his full answer here, courtesy of WBZ's Dan Roche.

Dan Roche on Twitter

RedSox newly acquired OF Alex Verdugo on his stress fracture that developed last season when with the #Dodgers - He missed the final two months of the 2019 regular season and all of the postseason. #WBZ ⁦@wbz⁩ https://t.co/ID3UMarZF4

The Red Sox open the regular season on March 26 in Toronto, giving Verdugo 40 days to get ready. If he has to open the season on the 10-Day IL, the earliest he could debut is April 4 against the White Sox, the Red Sox second home game of the season.

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