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Dodgers' Max Muncy (oblique strain) moved to IL

Field Level Media
13 Jun 2021, 12:19 GMT+10

The Los Angeles Dodgers will be without first baseman Max Muncy for at least 10 days after he was placed on the injured list Saturday with a right oblique strain.

Muncy left Friday's home game against the Texas Rangers before the start of the second inning after belting a two-run homer in the bottom of the first. Albert Pujols took over at first base.

Although oblique injuries often sideline players for several weeks, the Dodgers say they have reason to think Muncy won't miss as much time.

"I think we got it early. He's done it in the past, and it's not as significant as before," manager Dave Roberts said Saturday, a few hours before the transaction was announced.

Muncy is batting .264 with 14 home runs and 33 RBIs. He is leading the National League in walks (46) and is hovering near the top in on-base percentage (.418) with the Reds' Nick Castellanos (also .418) and Jesse Winker (.412).

In six seasons, including two with the Oakland Athletics before the Dodgers signed him as a free agent in April 2017, Muncy is hitting .240 with 101 home runs, 254 RBIs and a .367 on-base mark.

Rookie Luke Raley, an outfielder/pinch hitter with 44 at-bats for the Dodgers earlier in the season, has been brought up from Oklahoma City to take Muncy's roster spot.

Raley is hitting .182 with one homer and three RBIs in 23 games. He last appeared for Los Angeles on May 20.

--Field Level Media

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