The Dodgers 2021 season ended in regrettable fashion. Losing the NLCS to the Braves without one of their best bats made it even worse. First baseman Max Muncy was sidelined for all of the playoffs after suffering a scary elbow injury in a collision with the Brewers Jace Peterson on the last day of the regular season.
Muncy met with reporters on Saturday and provided an update on his elbow.
“We’re definitely not at 100% and we may not be at 100% for a while, but it felt good. You know, first day seeing the ball moving is always a little weird, but we’re making progress.”
The slugger also said that the overall health of elbow might a “little higher” than the 80-85% that manager Dave Roberts had previously assessed. Roberts did state that Muncy will be available for Opening Day, but was unsure whether he’d be ready to start at first.
Muncy apologized to The Orange County Register Dodgers beat writer Bill Plunkett for not being forthright last October with the exact nature of the injury.
“You asked a lot of questions in the playoffs and I kind of skirted around them. As you know now, it was a torn ligament and I never told you guys it wasn’t. I didn’t want to tell you it wasn’t so I kind of skirted around those questions.”
Muncy was already a valuable member of the roster, but the left-handed slugger’s bat is as important as ever with the departure of Corey Seager to the Rangers this offseason.
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