Why Purple Sox OF Alex Verdugo will reportedly be benched for an additional recreation

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The Purple Sox have been hampered over the previous few weeks by lapses in execution throughout the diamond.

Boston Red Sox right fielder Alex Verdugo catches a fly ball hit by Cleveland Guardians' Myles Straw during the third inning of a baseball game Wednesday, June 7, 2023, in Cleveland.
Alex Verdugo might be benched for Thursday’s collection finale towards Cleveland. (AP Photograph/Sue Ogrocki)

Within the backside of the eighth inning of Wednesday’s loss to the Guardians, the Purple Sox eliminated Alex Verdugo from the sport with no rationalization given.

A day later, it looks like we would have our reply.

Based on Julian McWilliams of The Boston Globe, Verdugo was faraway from Wednesday’s loss after not hustling out a play within the prime of the seventh inning that value Boston in a 5-2 defeat. 

Verdugo can be not in Boston’s lineup for Thursday’s collection finale at Progressive Subject.

The play in query occurred within the seventh with two outs and Verdugo on at first base.

After Masataka Yoshida hit a weak floor ball to first, Verdugo was thrown out at second. Had Verdugo not eased up on his run to second, Cleveland infielder Josh Naylor could not have had an opportunity to throw him out on the pressure play.

However with Verdugo wanting again on the play and opting to not slide, Naylor was capable of finish the inning — with an off-target throw, no much less. If Verdugo hustled, the Purple Sox might have had runners on first and second with Justin Turner on the plate.

Boston didn’t rating one other run en path to its seventh loss in its final 10 contests. The Purple Sox have been hampered over the previous few weeks by lapses in execution throughout the diamond, particularly on protection.

Given Boston’s already prolonged offensive woes, Verdugo’s lack of effort on an inning-ending sequence might need been the final straw for Alex Cora.

Verdugo, who’s batting .286 with 5 residence runs and 24 RBI over 59 video games, might be changed in Boston’s lineup on Thursday by proper fielder Rob Refsnyder.