The Los Angeles Dodgers have unfortunately been hampered by the injury bug this spring, with a number of important contributors missing time at some point due to respective ailments.
The most notable being Clayton Kershaw, who has battled with left shoulder inflammation for the better part of Cactus League play. He continues to make progress, however, having successfully completed a 30-pitch bullpen session on Thursday without suffering any setbacks.
Meanwhile, Tony Cingrani has been shut down due to left shoulder soreness — an injury that plagued him for the better part of the 2018 season. He received medication and isn’t permitted to throw again for two weeks.
Max Muncy is additionally on the mend after being ruled day-to-day with forearm discomfort. He was a late scratch from Thursday’s contest against the Cincinnati Reds.
Muncy is confident that the pain won’t keep him out long after doctors ruled out the possibility of a more significant injury, per Ken Gurnick of MLB.com:
He said he wasn’t sure how he suffered the injury but awoke on Thursday and couldn’t move the wrist. He said it loosened up and doctors ruled out any serious injury. “I’m not worried at all,” said Muncy. “In fact, I feel real good about it now.”
It’s certainly an encouraging sign that Muncy doesn’t believe he’ll miss a substantial amount of time after suffering the injury this late in the spring.
With Opening Day now under two weeks away, it wouldn’t be surprising to see the Dodgers proceed with caution and hold Muncy out for as long as necessary.
The 28-year-old is coming off a breakout campaign in which he led the club with 35 home runs during the regular season while compiling a .973 on-base plus slugging.