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Dodgers: Max Muncy To Undergo More Tests on Injured Wrist

While there’s no fracture, Mad Max isnt out of the woods yet.

OAKLAND, CA - AUGUST 08: Max Muncy #13 of the Los Angeles Dodgers at bat against the Oakland Athletics during the ninth inning at the Oakland Coliseum on August 8, 2018 in Oakland, California. The Oakland Athletics defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-2. (Photo by Jason O. Watson/Getty Images)

The Dodgers held their collective breaths after seeing Max Muncy take a fastball off the wrist. With not much of an update coming before game time on Thursday, manager Dave Roberts was vocal after the game with the latest on the status of America’s Slugger.

Earlier on Thursday, Dodgers Nation reported the latest at the time with Muncy which was that he would miss at least the Arizona series. Jorge Castillo of the LA Times helps add more about the future of Max.

Thankfully for Muncy and the Dodgers, there doesn’t appear to be a fracture like Chris Taylor suffered in Boston — Max himself said he was hit “in about the same spot” as Taylor.

So now we know that Muncy, on top of missing at least the Arizona series, will be undergoing further testing with a hand specialist brought in by the team. Moreover, Bill Plunkett of the OC Register adds that Max is likely headed for an MRI on Friday.

The 29 year-old has enjoyed a fine followup to his breakout 2018 season. In 129 games this year, Mad Max owns a triple slash line of .253/.375/.525 with 33 home runs and a career high 82 RBI while playing plus defense all around the diamond.

In the interim, Kiké Hernandez should receive the bulk of the playing time at second base, but Chris Taylor can also see plenty of innings there as well.

Furthermore, with expectations that Gavin Lux will be on the active roster come early September, this could become a clear cut path to playing time for the top prospect while Muncy rests his injured wrist.

It’s not the ideal situation, but an unfortunate reality.

Written by Clint Pasillas

Clint is the lead editor of Dodgers Nation, and a host and analyst on Dodgers Nation's own Blue Heaven podcast live stream.

He's been writing, blogging, and podcasting Dodgers since about 2008. He was there for Nomar, Greg Maddux, and Blake DeWitt, and he'll be there for Walker Buehler, Alex Verdugo, Dustin May, and any Dodgers of the future.

He's also a sandwich enthusiast, a consummate athlete, and a friend.

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