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Dodgers News: Max Muncy Still Battling Illness, ‘Hanging in There’

The only things that have been able to cool down Max Muncy this season were off the field.

First, it was the birth of his child that put him on the paternity list for three days, much to the delight of the Pittsburgh Pirates’ pitchers. That was coming off a week in which Muncy won the National League Player of the Week Award, and he couldn’t have been more deserving.

Then, Muncy came back, and was playing well again, including hitting a walk-off grand slam against the Phillies. However, his good play has now taken a halt, thanks to an illness.

Muncy has been battling flu-like symptoms with an illness that is starting to make its way through the Dodgers organization.

Trayce Thompson was sick for about a week, and is just now starting to get back to full strength. Muncy, however, is right in the thick of it.

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts has tried to give him some rest, but the Dodgers need him in the lineup. So his “rest” days have been at designated hitter, which works with J.D. Martinez being on the injured list. Here was Roberts’ most recent update on Muncy from Monday in Milwaukee.

“He’s hanging in there,” Roberts said of Muncy. “He’s still not up to full capacity but he’s doing the best he can. I appreciate him posting. Trying to spell him a little bit by giving him a couple DH days.”

Via Bill Plunkett, OC Register

Hopefully Muncy starts waking up feeling better, as the Dodgers have missed his full strength bat in the lineup. If he can get back to being the power-hitting cleanup hitter, this hot Dodgers offense will only get better.

Hopefully, when Martinez returns at the end of the week, Muncy is healthy too, and the Dodgers are finally at full strength again. It’ll be nice to see this lineup when everyone is in and at their best.

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Noah Camras

Noah is an Editor for Dodgers Nation. He graduated from USC in 2022 with a B.A. in Journalism and minor in Sports Media Studies. He's been a Dodger fan his whole life, and his all-time favorite Dodgers are Matt Kemp and Russell Martin.

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