The Dodgers are going to give Max Muncy another day of rest on Wednesday evening. Just 1 day after returning to the lineup, Muncy sits against the left-handed Pirates pitcher. Muncy sat out most of the weekend in Atlanta with a sore ankle.
This is all part of the plan according to Dave Roberts. With the left-handed pitcher on the mound in Tyler Anderson, the Dodgers want to get Albert Pujols a chance at first base. They do not want to put Muncy over at second with his sore ankle, so instead he takes the day off.
Muncy will be available off of the Dodgers bench should the need arise. On Tuesday night, he went 2-for-5 with a run driven in on a pair of singles. The idea of keeping him over at first base stems from the desire to keep him away from lateral movements due to his ankle.
Had the Dodgers not been facing a left-handed pitcher, it’s likely that Muncy would have been back in the lineup. So there do not seem to be any major concerns with the ankle aside from limiting his side-to-side movement for now.
The Dodgers play 2 more games against the Pirates before heading home to play the Rangers in a 3-game set. Tony Gonsolin makes his season debut and will get the start tonight and Julio Urias gets the ball on Thursday morning.