After missing the last two games due to back tightness, Alex Verdugo is back in the Red Sox’ lineup for Thursday night’s series finale against the Astros at Fenway Park.
Verdugo was held out of action the last two days on account of discomfort in his back that he first felt pop up on Sunday, but was able to play through on Monday.
Red Sox manager Alex Cora had been confident that the outfielder would be able to return on Thursday after getting two consecutive days of rest, and that is now the case.
Verdugo will start in left field and bat out of the two-hole behind center fielder Enrique Hernandez, who returns to the leadoff spot for the first time since June 2.
Coming into play Thursday, the 25-year-is old is slashing .292/.351/.469 with eight home runs, 11 doubles, one triple, 26 RBI, 36 runs scored, 18 walks, and 28 strikeouts over 56 games played this season.
Here is how the rest of the Red Sox (37-25) will be lining up behind Hernandez and Verdugo as they look to avoid a three-game sweep at the hands of the Astros (35-26).
Left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez will be making his 12th start of the season for Boston, and he will be opposed by veteran right-hander Zack Greinke making his 14th start of the season for Houston.
First pitch Thursday is scheduled for 7:10 p.m. eastern time on NESN.
(Picture of Alex Verdugo: Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images)