The Dodgers were already very much considering a move for Max Muncy before Saturday. Dave Roberts hinted on Thursday that they could be sending him to the injured list after his elbow pain flared up. That came after a few different plays this past week where he was seen rubbing the injured elbow.
They did make that decision today. The Dodgers sent Muncy to the injured list with soreness in his left elbow. That’s the one that he suffered a torn UCL in at the end of last season. It’s what has apparently contributed to his very slow start as he struggles to drive the ball with any authority.
No word yet on how long they expect Muncy to be down. But in place of him on the roster, the Dodgers decided to add Kevin Pillar into the mix. They signed him on a free-agent deal and he has been tearing up Triple-A pitching so far.
Pillar has posted a 1.034 OPS across 36 games so far for Oklahoma City. He hit 9 homeruns and drove in 34 in what has been a very good minor league experience for him. The only question now is if he can get that to translate to the big leagues.
In order to add Pillar, the Dodgers had to make a 40-man roster move. That ended up being Tommy Kahnle, who they placed on the 60-day injured list again.