Dodgers Way Quick Hits: Muncy, Buehler, Kershaw, Trades

SAN DIEGO, CA - APRIL 18: Max Muncy
SAN DIEGO, CA - APRIL 18: Max Muncy /

The Dodgers enjoyed an offensive explosion on Tuesday, June 12, against Bartolo Colon and the Texas Rangers. It was a night that saw the team score 12 runs riddled with highlights and home runs along the way. Along with their runaway victory, there was a lot of news on Tuesday.

Max Muncy was the headline of the show against the 21-year veteran, Colon, on Tuesday. Muncy went two for five with a solo home run, a single, and another RBI on a groundout. Muncy’s home run was his 13th of the season, a number that pushes him to into sole possession of first place on the Dodgers’ season leaderboard in that category. To be atop the charts in home runs is a feat in itself but to have done so in fewer at-bats than seven of his teammates is even more astounding. Muncy has collected just 130 ABs this year and in that span, along with his 13 home runs, the emerging star has an OPS of 1.026 good for first on the team and amongst the best in all of baseball. Muncy also made his debut at second base on Tuesday. The 27-year old surprise emergence on the roster is making a name for himself on a daily basis and his continued success should, at this point, be expected.

Other notes…

  • Walker Buehler was placed on the disabled list on Tuesday and Caleb Ferguson, Tuesday’s starter, was added to the roster in his place. Two weeks ago, Buehler was hit in the ribs by a comebacker whilst on the mound and at the time, the results of every test came back clean and Buehler would be left with just some bruising. Now, Buehler is still feeling the effects of what had to be a very painful experience and due to the lingering pain, the team sent him for another MRI. This time, the results revealed what is being described as a microfracture and he could miss up to two weeks with the ailment. Ferguson is his likely replacement.

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  • Clayton Kershaw was on the field at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday and was seen, “aggressively throwing a ball” according to Bill Plunkett of the OC Register. The news is good for both Kershaw and the team as it is a big step in the right direction and one that points to an approaching return in the coming weeks. Kershaw was joined by Hyun-Jin Ryu today who threw a bullpen for the first time since tearing his groin muscle off the bone and being placed on the DL on May third.

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  • The trade deadline is still over a month away but with injuries piling on for the Dodgers, the team could not be hurt from at least investigating their options and getting a headstart on the market. The needs going into the deadline are pitching and a second baseman, pitching taking priority by a mile. The team could look to the Tigers, Rangers, Mets, Blue Jays, and Reds among others for new players.