The Dodgers have a very big week ahead of them. With the trade deadline looming and the Giants series in San Francisco, the NL West could look much different by this weekend. And for Los Angeles, that could be a good thing.
The good news is that the Dodgers will be getting one of their best bats back this week. Max Muncy has been away from the team on paternity leave while his wife Kellie gave birth to their firstborn. The Muncy’s welcomed baby Sophie into the world on Friday night.
Today, the Dodgers reinstated Muncy from the paternity list. He will join up with the team as they head up north to take on the Giants for 3 games. The timing could not be better given Muncy’s ownership over the NL West rivals in 2021. He has homered 8 times in 13 games against the Giants and driven in 10 runs.
In order to make room for Muncy on the active roster, the Dodgers optioned infielder Sheldon Neuse back to Triple-A. Neuse joined up with the team to help fill out the roster this week with Muncy gone and a few guys down with injuries.
The Dodgers are chasing the Giants by just 2 games in the NL West with 3 games scheduled against them this week.