The Los Angeles Dodgers placed Max Muncy on the 10-day injured list with a right oblique strain and recalled Luke Raley from Triple-A Oklahoma City prior to Saturday’s game against the Texas Rangers.
Muncy was removed after the first inning in the series opener due to what the team initially diagnosed as right side tightness. Muncy felt the discomfort on the pitch prior to hitting a two-run home run off Mike Foltynewicz.
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said after the win that he believed the tightness was in Muncy’s oblique, but there was a belief and optimism the team caught the injury early enough.
Roberts held a similar tone when discussing Muncy’s and Cody Bellinger’s status on Saturday as well. “Both guys feel better. I would say Cody probably feels better than Muncy does. My goal is to have Cody in the lineup [Sunday],” Roberts said.
“I think with Max, it’s kind of treat him up today, see if it continues to get better — the stiffness hopefully starts to dissipate a little bit — and I think we’ll just know more as time goes on.”
Roberts went on to acknowledge the Dodgers were considering an IL stint with Muncy both because of the side trouble and right ankle pain he’s battled over the past week.
Raley is back up with the Dodgers for the fourth time this season. He first joined the team for their home opener when Bellinger was put on the IL because of what eventually was discovered to be a hairline fracture in his left fibula.
Raley is just 8-for-44 with one double, one home run and two RBI over 23 games thus far with the Dodgers.
Dodgers called up Burns
Recalling Raley is the second addition the Dodgers made to their active roster on Saturday as the team previously selected the contract of Andy Burns. Mitch White was optioned to OKC and Dennis Santana was designated for assignment in order to add Burns.
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