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Dodgers’ Dave Roberts on Max Muncy Injury Return: ‘Slower Than We Expected’

Los Angeles Dodgers slugger and third baseman Max Muncy‘s return to the diamond remains uncertain. Muncy, who is at least a week away from swinging a bat, has no timeline for his return.
Los Angeles Times Mike DiGiovanna reported on the news via Twitter/X.

Muncy is suffering a right oblique strain, and its recovery process has not gone swell. A return of the lefty slugger anytime soon is not in the cards. The 33-year-old has not worked with a bat in weeks and won’t be able to do so for at least another week.

The Dodgers placed Muncy on the 10-day IL on May 17 due to a Grade 1 right oblique strain. The injury was suffered during batting practice, and the last we saw of Muncy was on May 15 against the San Francisco Giants. His presence on the diamond and lineup has been evident.

Luckily, others have stepped up in his role, like outfielder Teoscar Hernández; however, at times, the lineup has struggled to get consistent performances, and that’s when his power and keen eye are missed the most.

Muncy had a solid start to the season with a batting average of .223, nine home runs, 28 RBIs, and a .798 OPS in 139 at-bats. It’s been a tough go for Muncy in the last three seasons due to health and poor play, and unfortunately, 2024 is more of the same.

However, there’s still plenty of time to return and make an impact for L.A. as we approach the second half of the season.

Photo Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

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Ricardo Sandoval

I write about sports. Staff writer at Dodgers Nation, LA Sports Report network of sites, and Newsweek. I’m also lifelong Dodgers and Lakers fan.

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