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Dodgers Roster News: Max Muncy Officially Back, Michael Busch Optioned

The Los Angeles Dodgers have officially made the roster move we’ve all been waiting for ahead of Tuesday’s series opener against the Colorado Rockies.

Max Muncy, who hasn’t played since June 11 due to a hamstring strain, has finally been activated off the injured list, just in time to play in the hitter-friendly ballpark that is Coors Field.

To make room on the active roster, infielder Michael Busch — who has been filling in for Muncy while he was sidelined — has been optioned back to Triple-A.

The Dodgers will be very happy to have their cleanup hitter back, and hope that the two weeks off helps him get somewhat back on track at the plate.

On the year, Muncy is slashing .191/.323/.474 with 18 home runs and 45 runs batted in. However, since a strong April, Muncy is hitting just .163 with seven home runs and 23 RBIs in 35 games.

To his credit, Muncy was dealing a few non-baseball things, including the birth of his second child and a draining illness that lasted much longer than it should have.

However, Muncy is finally fully healthy, and hopefully that leads to results similar to the ones he had in April when he won the National League Player of the Week Award.

He’ll get a good opportunity to get right back on track with a series in Coors Field, where he has career .897 OPS with 13 home runs and 37 RBIs in 42 games.

As for Busch, he started seven of the last eight games at third for LA and had five hits in 26 at-bats. He won’t be eligible to return anytime soon unless there’s another injury, so don’t expect to see him back, especially with the impending return of Chris Taylor.

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Noah Camras

Noah is an Associate Staff Writer 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 since he was a kid, and his all-time favorite Dodgers are Matt Kemp and Russell Martin — but Mookie Betts and Freddie Freeman are very quickly making a case to be on that list.

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