Red Sox

McAdam: Alex Verdugo uses his time wisely during shutdown

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There are very, very few positives that have come from baseball's shutdown since mid-March. Better than five weeks of the 2020 regular season have been lost to the pandemic and while there's increased optimism that at least a portion of the season will be salvaged, there are still no guarantees.

If, however, baseball does resume at some point, the Red Sox will likely have the use of outfielder Alex Verdugo -- which most definitely would not have been the case had the season begun when it was supposed to on March 26.

Verdugo, the key played obtained from the Los Angeles Dodgers in the four-player trade that cost the Red Sox Mookie Betts, arrived in Fort Myers still dealing with a stress fracture of the lower back. But in the ensuing months, Verdugo has been able to fully rehabilitate the injury and is now ready to play.

"Physically, I'm 100 percent,'' said Verdugo on a conference call with reporters Monday. "I feel very good, just moving around with everything -- my swing, my throwing, running. I feel really good.''

The Red Sox' Fenway South training complex was closed for three weeks in April, but recently re-opened for major league players who are rehabbing. Verdugo, who has remained in the Fort Myers area, stayed active at his condo during the closure and has recently returned to the complex to continue his workouts.