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Dodgers News: Dave Roberts Reveals Max Muncy is Battling an Injury

With 26 games remaining in the regular season, the Dodgers are nursing a few injuries hoping to get everyone healthy in time for the postseason.

Add Max Muncy to the list of the walking wounded, as Los Angeles manager Dave Roberts told the media that Muncy is out of Friday’s lineup with a knee issue.

No structural damage is definitely good news, and a cortisone shot or two could very well get Muncy all the way through the postseason. One of the many benefits of having an insurmountable lead in the NL West — the Dodgers could clinch the division as early as this weekend with a sweep in San Diego — is the ability to focus on the big picture rather than on any particular regular-season game.

Gavin Lux has been out of the Los Angeles lineup for a week, and Muncy will miss at least a day or two, but that gives more at-bats to guys who are trying to break out of slumps, like Cody Bellinger and Chris Taylor, and guys who are trying to show they belong on the postseason roster, like Joey Gallo and Miguel Vargas.

Roberts didn’t mention the weather in San Diego as a factor in the choice to sit Muncy for Friday’s game, which was delayed before the start due to rain, but it may have helped solidify the decision for him.

After a terrible start to the season, Muncy has a .957 OPS since the beginning of August to raise his overall mark by more than 100 points.

Jeff Snider

Jeff was born into a Dodgers family in Southern California and is now raising a Dodgers family of his own in Utah. During his previous career as an executive at a technology company, he began writing about baseball in his spare time. After leaving corporate America in 2014, he started doing it professionally. Jeff wrote and edited for Baseball Essential for years before joining Dodgers Nation. He's also the co-host of the Locked On Dodgers podcast, a daily podcast that brings the smart fan's perspective on our Boys in Blue. Jeff has a degree in English from Brigham Young University. Favorite Player: Clayton Kershaw Favorite Moment: Kirk Gibson's homer will always have a place, but Kershaw's homer on Opening Day 2013 might be the winner.

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