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Dodgers recall top position prospect Verdugo

April 28, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO -- Between games of Saturday's doubleheader, the Dodgers recalled outfielder Alex Verdugo and optioned left-handed reliever Scott Alexander to Triple-A Oklahoma City.Verdugo, the second-ranked prospect in the organization according to MLB Pipeline, provides coverage after Matt Kemp left Friday night's game with a tight left quad and Yasiel

SAN FRANCISCO -- Between games of Saturday's doubleheader, the Dodgers recalled outfielder Alex Verdugo and optioned left-handed reliever Scott Alexander to Triple-A Oklahoma City.
Verdugo, the second-ranked prospect in the organization according to MLB Pipeline, provides coverage after Matt Kemp left Friday night's game with a tight left quad and Yasiel Puig left Saturday's 15-6 win in the twin bill opener with a sore left hip and an injury to his left ankle after fouling a pitch off it. Puig was scheduled for X-rays.
Verdugo was in the starting lineup for Game 2, while Kemp was not. Verdugo was hitting .276 with four homers and 15 RBIs in 19 games at Oklahoma City.
Alexander, acquired in an offseason trade from Kansas City, has a 6.35 ERA in 11 games and has walked nine in 11 1/3 innings. The Dodgers now have eight relievers and five bench players.

Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers for MLB.com since 2001.