The Dodgers are hoping that they caught a break with their player health this weekend in Atlanta. Max Muncy exited the game with soreness in his ankle on Friday night, and Austin Barnes appeared to badly turn his ankle on the bag on Saturday.
As a result, both guys are out of the lineup on Sunday morning against the Braves. Dave Roberts said during his pregame presser that he expects Barnes to be available in an emergency catching situation, but that’s it. The Dodgers backstop came in today feeling sore and with a swollen ankle.
For Max Muncy, he is still feeling stiff in that ankle. Roberts said that he was hopeful that he would be available in a pinch-hit scenario if needed, but would need to confirm that with him beforehand. Muncy did not play in the Dodgers’ loss on Saturday.
The hope is that Muncy will be ready to go on Tuesday in Pittsburgh. But Doc also said that right now, it’s hope and not confidence. If he cannot play on Tuesday or Wednesday against the Pirates, it’s likely the Dodgers would start to discuss an injured list designated to rest him up.
But the good news is that both guys appear to have avoided any major damage for the moment. Barnes has been a solid backup to Will Smith and he’s been Clayton Kershaw’s personal catcher. Muncy has crushed the ball all season and is a huge part of the offensive success over the last month.