Mexico Series: Why Alex Verdugo is not playing vs. Diablo Rojos

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Alex Verdugo’s anticipated journey to Mexico with the New York Yankees for an exhibition series against the mexican club Diablos Rojos was thwarted by a significant personal matter, as disclosed by manager Aaron Boone.

Yankees outfielder Alex Verdugo misses Mexico series due to partner’s hospitalization

Aaron Boone revealed before the Yankees‘ inaugural game at the Alfredo Harp Helu Stadium on Sunday that Verdugo couldn’t make the trip because his partner was admitted to the hospital over the weekend, expecting their child. “That’s why we removed him from the roster,” explained the strategist.

Expressing his disappointment, Alex Verdugo, who was enthusiastic about playing before Mexican fans due to his heritage, shared with ESPN his sentiments before learning he couldn’t participate. “The Yankees coming to Mexico is very special to me. Arriving here was incredible, and everything happens for a reason. I feel blessed, and it will be special. A series that will stay in my heart,” said Verdugo.

He further added, “Returning to Mexico is amazing, and I hope it will be electrifying, with games that are very enjoyable to watch. Many good players, and they will be excited to face us. It’s more for the fans to have this in Mexico, bringing Major League Baseball, and it’s good that MLB does international events.”

Alex Verdugo, acquired via trade from the Boston Red Sox, has maintained averages of .265/.342/.294 with a double and a couple of runs batted in over 14 Spring Training games.

Aaron Boone, the manager of the New York Yankees, addressed the absences of several key players ahead of the series against the Diablos Rojos del México, attributing them to unexpected injuries and situations. He particularly mentioned Alex Verdugo, highlighting his absence due to personal circumstances, as his child is on the verge of being born.

“It was a challenging time. We had some injuries like (Anthony) Rizzo and (DJ) LeMahieu. We want them ready for Opening Day. Verdugo was excited, and his child is about to be born, but his wife had to go to the hospital. He’s sad not to be here,” Boone commented on the Mexican player’s absence.

Boone expressed contentment with the roster they brought to Mexico City, acknowledging the physical challenge posed by the city’s altitude. He also hinted at the pitching rotation for the upcoming games, with Mexican pitcher Luis Serna potentially starting the Monday game, depending on the outcomes of preceding matches and adjustments in the pitching rotation.

In conclusion, Boone reflected on the team’s preparation and readiness for the challenges ahead, emphasizing the adaptability required in facing the unique circumstances presented by playing in Mexico.

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