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Dodgers’ Max Muncy Won’t Be Back Anytime Soon

The Los Angeles Dodgers should not be expecting to get third baseman Max Muncy back anytime soon.

The 33-year-old infielder was originally placed on the 60-day injured list back in May with an oblique injury. Now, it seems like it might take him longer than the minimum 60 days to make his return to the field. Since Muncy is still dealing with soreness in his oblique, his recovery has slowed and he’s not expected to return until quite a bit after the All-Star break.

As of Sunday, Muncy isn’t swinging a bat. The series of fits and starts that has defined his rehab so far make it unclear if or when he’ll return to the Dodgers’ active roster.

Muncy last played back on May 15, when he notched one RBI in three at-bats. The two-time All-Star has slashed .223/.323/.475 with 31 hits, 24 runs, nine home runs, and 28 RBIs in 40 games this season.

The Dodgers have managed without Muncy over these last couple of months, using a combination of players to replace him at third base. Cavan Biggio, Chris Taylor, Miguel Rojas, and Kiké Hernández have each filled in for Muncy during his absence, but no one has been as consistent in the lineup.

The left side of the Dodgers’ infield has stable defensively despite the injuries to Muncy and shortstop Mookie Betts, who has a fractured hand. Rojas has held down the shortstop position well in the absence of Betts. Third base has been less consistent without Muncy. Through Tuesday, Dodgers third basemen have a collective 0 DRS (Defensive Runs Saved), perfectly in line with league average.

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Eva Geitheim

Eva graduated from UCLA in 2023 with a bachelor's degree in Communication. She has been covering college and professional sports since 2022.


  1. This team is a train wreck when it comes to injuries. Rotation in shambles again just like last year and they have four guys at least hovering around 200 for a batting average. Despite the record going nowhere again in October.

    1. As currently assembled this team will not do well in the playoffs. Hard to believe a team that spends over $1B in the off season can’t do better than Taylor, Lux, Kike, and Biggio.

  2. Time to move on from Munchy. Our top priority at the deadline should be a real 3rd baseman. And then let Max try to revive his career with a fresh start somewhere else.

  3. It’s a shame all the money spent and this is what we have going on , when do the organization realize they also need to look at and or fire batting coaches, maybe time to bring in some new

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