It’s sort of wild that Max Muncy is as far along in his progression as he is right now. After a torn UCL sustained in a collision at the end of the regular season in 2021, very few Dodgers fans expected to see him getting into game action this early. The expectation was also that he would only be hitting in his initial return.
But there he was on Monday afternoon, batting second and playing third base for the Dodgers in their game against the White Sox He’s improved at an incredible rate, and at this point looks very on track for Opening Day.
Muncy went 0-for-1 with a strikeout and a walk while playing three innings over at the hot corner. The Dodgers infielder wanted to focus on getting that elbow back to full strength, and Monday was a huge step in that.
“It felt good to be back. The elbow felt fine doing ABs against guys in the back field, but you get a little adrenaline going and see how it feels with those types of swings. It felt good today.”
Muncy will be playing a far different role in 2022 than he has with the Dodgers so far. The acquisition of Freddie Freeman means that he will virtually start no games over at first, a position that he played 122 games at last season.
That means that he will get more time at second and third base than he ever has before with the Dodgers. But with the ability to hit 35-plus homeruns and drive in a whole lot of runs, finding a spot for him on the diamond is paramount. Getting him healthy is just as important.
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