According to Bill Plunkett of the Southern California News Group, lefty specialist Scott Alexander and first baseman Tyler White will not be returning to the Dodgers this season.
#Dodgers Dave Roberts said Tyler White and Scott Alexander will not play again this year
— Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr) September 1, 2019
This simply means that both Alexander and White did not have the time necessary to regain health within a month. Both players would have been long shots to make the postseason roster anyways, but any help from the 40-man roster available is needed down the stretch.
Alexander enjoyed his 2018 campaign, but 2019 was a different story for the southpaw.
The lefty struggled all season long with both his health and his performance, managing just 17 1/3 innings of a 3.63 ERA and 5.07 FIP. In comparison to a 2018 season that saw him toss 66 innings of a 3.57 FIP and 3.31 xFIP, this has been a disappointment. His oft-injured 2019 in addition to the loss of left-hander Tony Cingrani thinned out the left-handed bullpen corps for the Dodgers.
White was acquired from Houston Astros prior to the trade deadline in exchange for right-handed pitching prospect Andre Scrubb. White is a prime candidate to be designated for assignment as the corresponding move for middle infielder Gavin Lux.
White struggled mightily all season long with a .208/.308/.304 slash line with both the Astros and Dodgers. He was worth -0.7 WAR across 83 games.
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