The Dodgers are getting one of their most productive bats back in the lineup tonight in San Diego. Los Angeles made it official on Tuesday afternoon by activating Max Muncy off of the injured list 11 days after he injured his oblique.
Muncy officially hit the IL on June 12th with a right oblique strain. That came after he was removed from a game against the Rangers after hitting a monster 2-run homerun. The team initially tried to downplay it, calling it side soreness rather than narrowing it down to his oblique.
Muncy said this past week that it really wasn’t a big deal and that the Dodgers placed him on the IL as a precaution. That was a big relief to Dodgers fans since they’ve already had to watch Zach McKinstry miss a few weeks with an oblique issue.
The timing of the injury was also unfortunate since Cody Bellinger went down in the same game with a hamstring issue. That meant the Dodgers had to play over a week’s worth of games without 2 big left-handed bats in the lineup, and that’s not even counting Corey Seager.
But he’s back now, and the Dodgers could very much use him against the Padres this week. In order to make room for Muncy on the active roster, Los Angeles optioned Zach Reks to Triple-A OKC. Reks was called up on Monday to make his big league debut on Monday evening.
He went 0-for-2 with a strikeout and a sharp lineout against Yu Darvish.