The Los Angeles Dodgers are already one player short for their active roster with Gavin Lux having been unavailable over the next few days due to a neck injury that is keeping him out through at least the weekend, and now Max Muncy is dealing with an injury of his own.
Although Muncy has struggled for most of the season, he has recently begun to swing a hot bat. In the last series against the San Francisco Giants, the 32-year-old slugged three home runs while hitting .360 to open September.
But the tough season for Muncy hit another snag as Muncy had a cortisone injection in his left knee to hopefully clear up an issue that has been bothering him for nearly a month, via MLB.com:
Muncy had a cortisone shot in his irritated left knee, and the Dodgers want to give him rest now in the hope that he will be closer to 100 percent in the playoffs.
Manager Dave Roberts said an imaging scan about a week ago showed no structural damage.
Muncy was out of the Dodgers lineup on Friday for the series opener against the Padres but may be available to pinch-hit Saturday.
The two-time All-Star recently made a mechanical change with his swing while working with the Dodgers hitting coaches and watching some film. It entails taking a half step back, which could be the root of Muncy’s left knee pain.
Max Muncy considers Freddie Freeman one of the best hitters in history
Freddie Freeman has been in the Dodgers lineup every game and a steady presence at the top of the order. He’s settled into batting third behind Mookie Betts and Trea Turner, giving the Dodgers a dynamic top three that not many teams can rival.
With Freeman specifically, Muncy said earlier this year the first baseman is among the top hitters in MLB history.
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