Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Dodgers outfielder Alex Verdugo is not expected to be healthy enough to play this postseason. Verdugo, who hasn’t played since Aug. 4, said he still cannot swing a bat without feeling some pain in his back.“It’s not bad,” he said Thursday. “It’s just when I get to that little extra range, that full range is when I feel a little bit of it.”Verdugo batted .294 this season with 12 home runs and 44 RBIs in 106 games. He was in the discussion for the National League Rookie of the Year award when he injured his oblique in an Aug. 4 game against the San Diego Padres.In September, Verdugo began a minor league rehabilitation assignment with hopes of re-joining the Dodgers for the final stretch. In his only game with the Ogden (Utah) Raptors, Verdugo hurt his back when he swung and missed at a pitch. He hasn’t played since. “Controlled swings are fine,” Verdugo said. “It’s the swing-and-miss. Like, if someone soft tossed it to me right now, soft and easy, just put the barrel on it and hit it, that’s fine. It’s the go up there, use that split second, realize what the pitch is, then if I swing and miss and get that full range, it’s still there.”Verdugo had been holding out hope that he could re-join the Dodgers in time for the National League Championship Series, if they were to beat the Nationals in the best-of-five NL Division Series.Game 1 of the NLCS is eight days away. The World Series begins Oct. 22. Verdugo hasn’t been cleared to hit balls off a tee, and only started running on the warning track from foul pole to foul pole in the last week. That pace of recovery all but rules him out for the remainder of the season, regardless of how long it lasts.“It’s slow. He’s moving around as you see,” Manager Dave Roberts said. “But as far as baseball activities, he’s really not doing a whole lot. So, to see him ready at all this postseason – very unlikely. I mean, it could change. But just the trajectory he’s on, it doesn’t seem likely.”Teams must submit their rosters for each round of the playoffs to MLB on the morning of Game 1. Roster changes are only allowed during each series if an active player is injured. Staff Writer Bill Plunkett contributed to this story.
Following Jamaica College’s scintillating 40.01 clocking to capture the Class One Boys’ 4x100m at the Gibson McCook Relays last Saturday, Devaughn Baker believes his school’s sprint cadre will be the ones to watch at the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Championships next month.”It was a fine run. We knew that we were going to come out here and win this quite easily. We wanted to break Calabar’s 39.30 seconds, but we are still happy with the win,” Baker said.Baker is a former Class Two record holder in the 400m, winning the finals in 46.64 in 2013. He was a beaten World Junior Championships semi-finalist that same year but had seen a dip in form since due to injuries.This year, however, he believes he will be big for himself and his Old Hope Road institution, hoping to medal at Champs and help them to victory.”I am a person always in the mix, so I will medal,” he added, while dismissing the assertion that JC is just about field events, jumps, and so on.He explained that JC’s class one is not to be taken lightly.”We were going for sub-39, so we will see how that goes,” he said. “Yes, we are going to cause upsets, and the next two weeks, we will prove a point. We have a point to prove.”JC were the second winners of the championships in 1911 and have been among the top five finishers since then, winning the trophy for schoolboy athletics supremacy an overall 21 times, the last in 2011.”Every year, we go in as underdogs, and even seeing that we came out here and produced, they are still going to have us as underdogs. But we are going to prove them wrong,” warned Baker.