Dodgers IF Max Muncy suffers right-hand contusion
August 11, 2022
The Los Angeles Dodgers are on a ten-winning streak after claiming a win on Monday against the Minnesota Twins. LA’s Monday triumph came at the expense of infielder Max Muncy’s health, who sustained a right-hand contusion, LA manager Dave Roberts confirmed the news.
Muncy had to leave the game in the fifth inning after his right hand was hit by a 98.1-mph one-hopper. The Los Angeles Times’ Mike DiGiovanna reported that the player had X-rays, which showed the injury was not severe. Regardless, DiGiovanna added that Muncy was still unable to close his hand. Further updates will be released this Friday.
“Dodgers third baseman Max Muncy was hit in the right hand, not the chest, by that 98.1-mph one-hopper in the fifth inning. X-rays were negative, but Muncy said after the game that he couldn't close his hand. Will have to see how he feels on Friday in KC,” DiGiovanna wrote.
MLB.com’s Juan Toribio said the player “tried to swing a bat” but was unable to. LA confirmed that the two-time All-Star had been pulled out of a match on Wednesday.
“Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Max Muncy has a right hand contusion. Muncy tried to swing a bat, but couldn’t. X-rays are negative and they’ll see how he feels on Friday,” Toribio said.
Muncy’s previous injuries
The 31-year-old Muncy wrapped the 2021 season with a serious left elbow injury following a collision at first base. The team reported that he only dislocated his elbow, but medical reports said otherwise as he also tore his UCL. Muncy entered this season with a series of rehab in the offseason.
The team also reported on June 7 that it would take another year before Muncy could fully recover from his right elbow damage.
“We knew the day it happened that it was torn, so we had to keep it immobilized for several weeks with a brace on it. After that, it was breaking up the scar tissue that was in there and going from there. It took a while,” Muncy said.
“I didn’t start swinging until mid-January, and even then it was still really stiff. I don’t know if painful is the word, but it didn’t feel right. We’re still there right now but we’re able to get through some swings and get closer to normal. We’re definitely not there, but it’s one of those injuries that I may not be back to normal until next year. Who knows?”
Muncy was crucial behind the team’s success in the 2021 season. On May 30 that year, he smacked his 100th career home run after it was pitched by the San Francisco Giants’ Zack Littell.
Two months later, the former Oakland Athletics player made his second All-Star Game appearance for LA. He finished that season after slashing .249/.368/.527 and recording 36 homers and 94 RBIs. Since he debuted with the A’s in 2015, Muncy has a batting average of .231. He has made 136 home runs in addition to 335 runs batted in.
The Dodgers will face off against the Kansas City Royals on Friday.