Dodgers Injury Updates: Max Muncy Hits Soft Toss, Rich Hill To Return Thursday Vs. Orioles After Throwing Simulated Game
Rich Hill, Max Muncy, Dave Roberts, pitching change, 2018 World Series
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As expected, the Los Angeles Dodgers welcomed several players back from the injured list once active rosters expanded, however the wait for Rich Hill continued as he remained on schedule in the recovery process, and Max Muncy also found himself sidelined.

Muncy was hit by a pitch in his right wrist last week and immediately removed from the series finale against the San Diego Padres. A fluoroscan that night at Petco Park did not reveal any fracture, nor did an X-ray the following afternoon in Arizona.

However, lingering pain and a limited range of motion prompted an MRI that Muncy deemed to be a small break in his right wrist. He was placed on the 10-day injured list Aug. 30 so the Dodgers could activate Kristopher Negrón.

Muncy projected he would miss around two weeks and has slowly increased his workouts and amount of baseball activity. According to ESPN’s Alden Gonzalez, that advanced to hitting underhanded tosses:

Muncy fielded ground balls at first base during batting practice on Wednesday and appears to be on track for a return during next week’s series with the Baltimore Orioles.

So too does Rich Hill, who completed two innings in a simulated game on Friday. As previously suggested to be a possibility, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts has now confirmed Hill will make his return in a start against the Orioles, per David Vassegh of AM 570 L.A. Sports:

The game will be Hill’s first since suffering his forearm injury on June 19. He essentially will treat the final month of the regular season as Spring Training and build up with each outing.

Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman has already expressed confidence Hill will have ample time to stretch out and and serve as the club’s fourth starter in the postseason.