The Dodgers held their collective breaths after seeing Max Muncy take a fastball off the wrist. With not much of an update coming before game time on Thursday, manager Dave Roberts was vocal after the game with the latest on the status of America’s Slugger.
Dave Roberts reports X-Rays were negative on Max Muncy's right wrist. #Dodgers
— . (@THEREAL_DV) August 30, 2019
Earlier on Thursday, Dodgers Nation reported the latest at the time with Muncy which was that he would miss at least the Arizona series. Jorge Castillo of the LA Times helps add more about the future of Max.
Scratch that. Muncy said his diagnosis isn’t final. The X-rays didn’t show a fracture but he’s scheduled to undergo more tests tomorrow.
— Jorge Castillo (@jorgecastillo) August 30, 2019
Thankfully for Muncy and the Dodgers, there doesn’t appear to be a fracture like Chris Taylor suffered in Boston — Max himself said he was hit “in about the same spot” as Taylor.
So now we know that Muncy, on top of missing at least the Arizona series, will be undergoing further testing with a hand specialist brought in by the team. Moreover, Bill Plunkett of the OC Register adds that Max is likely headed for an MRI on Friday.
The 29 year-old has enjoyed a fine followup to his breakout 2018 season. In 129 games this year, Mad Max owns a triple slash line of .253/.375/.525 with 33 home runs and a career high 82 RBI while playing plus defense all around the diamond.
In the interim, Kiké Hernandez should receive the bulk of the playing time at second base, but Chris Taylor can also see plenty of innings there as well.
Furthermore, with expectations that Gavin Lux will be on the active roster come early September, this could become a clear cut path to playing time for the top prospect while Muncy rests his injured wrist.
It’s not the ideal situation, but an unfortunate reality.