May 19, 2024

Max Muncy’s injury scare during a hit by pitch won’t keep him sidelined for long, much to the relief of Los Angeles Dodgers fans. Last Wednesday, concerns arose when Muncy took a pitch to his left hand during an exhibition game against the Texas Rangers, prompting his exit for X-ray testing. Fortunately, the results came back negative, but uncertainty lingered regarding his return. However, a recent update indicates a speedy recovery. Muncy resumed batting practice on Friday, as reported by Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts aims to have Muncy back in action as early as Saturday, as the team faces a split-squad schedule against the Chicago Cubs and the Milwaukee Brewers.

Dodgers' IL-bound Max Muncy says elbow not excuse for slow start - Los  Angeles Times

Last season, the 33-year-old posted a .212/.333/.475 slash line with 36 home runs and 105 RBIs in 135 games. Despite the setback on Wednesday, he showcased promising form this spring, tallying three hits and a home run. Muncy’s upcoming season marks his seventh with the Dodgers, during which he earned All-Star selections in 2019 and 2021. Notably, his performance in 2021 earned him a 10th place finish in NL MVP voting, boasting a .249/.368/.527 slash line with 36 home runs and 94 RBIs.

Before joining the Dodgers, Muncy spent two seasons with the Oakland Athletics. Now, he remains a vital component of a Dodgers team with aspirations of securing another World Series title. With notable additions such as Shohei Ohtani, Yoshinobu Yamamoto, and Teoscar Hernandez, the Dodgers stand as formidable contenders, heightening Muncy’s chances of clinching a second championship.

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