The Dodgers are getting close to 2 big bats returning to their lineup. Dave Roberts said earlier this week that he expects both Max Muncy and Cody Bellinger in the lineup as soon as the Padres series. Which games they do return is still up in the air, but they both sound healthy.
Muncy went down with an oblique injury in the Rangers series last week. Given how well he had been playing in 2021, that was a major concern. It was more concerning when Dodgers fans realized that Zach McKinstry also had an oblique issue and missed a few weeks.
But it sounds like the Dodgers were just playing it safe. Speaking with the OC Register’s Bill Plunkett last week, Muncy said that the move to the injured list was not any indication of severity.
The whole thing was more precautionary. Ten days is better than six weeks. It’s one of those things where I’ve had two obliques in the past so I kind of know what they feel like. I didn’t think it had gone yet. I just felt tightness and a little pain in there.
Muncy went on to say that getting the extra rest is probably ideal.
It was one of those kinds of things where I thought I’d be fine in a couple days. But it doesn’t hurt to give it a little extra rest, give it a few more days to let my ankle heal up. … I probably needed it even though I didn’t want it.
Coming directly from Muncy, that’s great news. The last thing the Dodgers would want this year is having the guy with a 163 wRC+ miss an extended period of time. It sounds like that will not be the case. Now get him to the All-Star Game.