It’s been a little over a week since Max Muncy took a fastball off of his fingers during live batting practice. Since that time, the Dodgers have not given many updates on his status.
Dodgers’ manager Dave Roberts finally gave an update on Muncy on Sunday and it sounds like he is making progress towards a return. Muncy is able to hold a bat and take swings, but he is still not playing the field as of now.
Muncy was one of the players that triggered a reaction from Dodgers management to get the batter’s eye adjusted. Players were having issues seeing the ball coming out of a pitcher’s hand making it difficult to track. When Muncy was hit on the hand, he apparently had some issues seeing the ball resulting in his injury.
Max is on the mend on that conditioning program right now. He’s been swinging a bat, he might be a part of this live session today I’m not sure. But he’s been taking batting practice and to be quite honest, feels really good swinging the bat and doesn’t feel like that finger is impeding him at all…The one thing that’s a question right now is catching a baseball.
Muncy should be able to get back into the Dodgers’ intrasquad games soon, though Roberts did not give an exact estimate. The Diamondbacks will arrive for an exhibition game this coming Sunday and the regular season kicks off on July 23rd against the Giants.
If Muncy is for some reason unable to go by Opening Day, Edwin Rios could easily slot in for him. Rios has crushed three homeruns this week playing in intrasquad games with the Dodgers. Rios could slot into the DH spot or play first base in Muncy’s absence.