The Dodgers scratched Max Muncy from Thursday’s split-squad game with some tightness in his arm.
Max Muncy has been scratched from the Dodgers’ lineup this afternoon. He is feeling some forearm irritation. Dave Roberts termed him day-to-day.
— Pedro Moura (@pedromoura) March 14, 2019
Muncy had played in Wednesday evenings game against the White Sox and went 0 for 3 with a pair of strikeouts. Roberts said that even though Muncy was a late scratch, he still considered Muncy day-to-day. That news was encouraging, but it will be something to watch nevertheless. The Dodgers are already dealing with a number of aches and pains early on in Spring.
Muncy came out of nowhere last year and helped propel the Dodgers all the way to the World Series. He came on it late April and never stopped hitting, finishing up with 35 homeruns to go along with a 263/391/582 slash line. His Cinderella-like season crescendoed with a walk-off homerun in the 18th inning of Game three in the World Series. He ended up hitting three playoff homeruns despite hitting just 200 through the Division Series, Championship Series, and World Series.
At this point in Spring, Muncy missing any significant time would be a bit of an issue. If for some reason the pain in his arm lingers, David Freese, Cody Bellinger, and perhaps even a minor league slugger could take his spot temporarily. Here’s hoping it’s just part of the aches and pains of returning to daily baseball.
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