Dodgers: Three storylines to watch after clinching the division
Can key contributors return from injury and play well?
Injuries continue to take their toll on the 2019 Dodgers as Justin Turner is scheduled to undergo an MRI on his bothersome left ankle. Max Muncy is set to return Friday against the New York Mets. Rich Hill is returning this afternoon against the Orioles. Then there is Alex Verdugo who is trying to get right after a back/oblique injury.
For Max Muncy, his return will be more of a pain tolerance type situation. His wrist is going to be sore every time he gets jammed or hits a ball off the end of the bat. Can he battle through the pain and get back to launching home runs for the Dodgers? Then there is the aforementioned Hill who will return but is no lock to hold up the rest of the season.
Max Muncy, Justin Turner, and Rich Hill are all three key contributors for the Dodgers and if they are not close to 100% then the Dodgers’ chances of winning the World Series decrease significantly. While Alex Verdugo is not a key contributor like those three veterans, if he returns he could give the Dodgers another outfield option should Joc Pederson go cold in the postseason.
The Dodgers are one of the most talented teams in baseball when healthy, but they are no lock to enter the postseason close to 100% healthy.