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Dodgers’ Max Muncy Suffers Setback, No Longer Swinging Bat

Los Angeles Dodgers All-Star infielder Max Muncy has suffered a significant setback in his recovery process from his oblique injury. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said that Muncy is no longer swinging a bat as his oblique issue has not progressed as they thought it would.

Fabian Ardaya of The Atheltic shared the update via Twitter/X.

Muncy has been shut down from swinging a bat. On top of this negative update, the chances of the infielder beginning his rehab assignment after the All-Star break have been reduced significantly. A Grade 1 right oblique strain has kept the 33-year-old sidelined since May 17.

This latest setback is another for the left-handed slugger, and he remains without a clear return timeline. Muncy was eligible to be activated during the All-Star break, which is next week between July 15-19.

The two-time All-Star has been missed in the Dodgers lineup; although the offense has plenty to keep their head above water, Muncy provides a much-needed punch like no other. Before his absence from the lineup, Muncy was slashing .223/.323/.475 with a .798 OPS, nine home runs, 31 hits, and 28 RBIs.

Oblique injuries can be tricky, and it’s being really difficult on the Dodgers slugger.

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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.


  1. Now it’s time to get a real third baseman who can field and hit. All who have played ther so far are holding the lineup down. Max won’t be back. It’s a big lost, although we’ve been lucky and the team is getting by, the season is going to get tougher as we go into the dog days of August.

  2. Time to go get JT for his final tour where he belongs. Sure he’s old, doesn’t field the position as well, and lost power but he doesn’t SO and will still clutch it up. Besides he’s always been a second half hitter.

  3. Give Max a shot of cortizone and tell him to get back out there like the players back in the day. Geez, they pamper these guys way to much for what they get paid…

  4. Get a real third baseman who can field his position and barrel the ball. Someone who knows the nuances of the position and not just filling in. Max is gone and won’t be productive when or if he comes back.

  5. Dodgers should try to get Rengifo from the Angels. Would be a better fill in at 3B than Biggio, Kike, and Taylor. Also a safety net in case Muncy does not make it back.

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