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Jul 23, 2019; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers center fielder Alex Verdugo (27) watches the ball fly into the stands in the third inning against the Los Angeles Angels at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

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.

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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