The Dodgers are going to need to figure something out with Max Muncy. The slugging infielder has not been right all season, likely stemming from that UCL tear in his elbow. He sustained that in a collision at first base last season against the Brewers.
And although he has said it’s fine enough to play through, Muncy has also added he doesn’t expect it to be healed up until 2023. That would be a problem if the elbow is indeed what’s contributing to this terrible slump he’s in. Luckily, the Dodgers have the production to be able to last through that slump.
And it sounds like the Dodgers are leaning towards an injured list stint for Max. Dave Roberts told members of the media on Thursday that they were considering a move, given that the elbow continues to be a problem for him. He was seen rubbing that elbow this past week on a defensive play.
#Dodgers Dave Roberts said they are considering placing Max Muncy on IL. Elbow “just hasn’t been right”. Aggravated it on a couple defensive plays recently
— Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr) May 26, 2022
Muncy has posted a slash line of .150/.327/.263 across his 41 games this year. Those are awful numbers, especially for a guy that walks as much as he does. But Muncy’s power is almost gone at this point, with just 3 homeruns on the year and an inability to drive the ball. That’s what impressed the Dodgers from the start of his career here.
It’s a tough injury for any player to overcome, especially as fast as Max did. But the Dodgers might have to give him some significant time off to get things turned around because he is showing no signs of life at the plate right now.
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