Dodgers: Max Muncy’s MRI reveals “a crack” in right wrist
On Friday the Dodgers put Max Muncy through an MRI. The results were that the Dodgers would likely be without Max for a week or two.
According to Jorge Castillo of the LA Times, Max Muncy’s MRI revealed “a crack” in his right wrist. Muncy said he could return in a week or two. While the news is not the best result possible, it is certainly not the worst case scenario for the Dodgers. If Muncy’s recovery goes according to plan, he will have time to get back into the swing of things before the postseason.
Muncy was also officially placed on the IL which cleared the way for Kristopher Negron to return from the injured list.
While most feared Max could be lost for the season, or at least the rest of the regular season, that doesn’t appear to be the case. The news does mean that the Dodgers should prepare for the possibility that Muncy heals slower than expected and misses the majority of the regular season that is left.
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Earlier today, Jack Dorfman wrote about what the Dodgers could do with their lineup to make up for Muncy’s power bat. Muncy is second on the club in home runs and been one of the more underrated players in the league this season. While he is not the MVP candidate that Cody Bellinger is, he is the best protection that LA has in their lineup for Bellinger.
Matt Beaty is getting the start Friday night in place of the injured Muncy. Beaty has been deserving of more playing time and with David Freese still on the mend, he could get the bulk of the starts at first base with Max out. Cody Bellinger could also see more time at first base along with Jedd Gyorko.
Gavin Lux could be headed up to the Dodgers as soon as September 1st and interestingly enough, Lux was out of the lineup on Friday. Gavin has been destroying the ball for the Oklahoma City Dodgers and the question for his call-up now becomes “when” rather than “if”. Lux could provide the fire power that is lost with Muncy out.
The Dodgers built up an insurmountable lead in the NL West and it is being put to use towards the end of the season with various key players struggling and now Max Muncy out for at least another week or two. Initially, Dave Roberts said that Max would be out until next week. Hopefully Muncy is a fast healer and gets back in the lineup within two weeks.