Muncy hit a two-run homer in the first inning of the Dodgers’ 12-1 win over Rangers on Friday, but was substituted at first base by Albert Pujols for the start of the second round. The home run was Muncy’s 14th of the season, continuing an outstanding season that saw Muncy reach .264 / .418 / 0.528 with a record 46 walks.
Unfortunately for the Dodgers, they will now be without that productive bat for at least the next 10 days, and potentially several more if Muncy has suffered anything beyond minimal strain. Muncy has also been hampered by a sore ankle in recent days, so it’s possible that even though his oblique issue is minor, the Dodgers could give Muncy past the 10-day minimum just to have him fully healed and ready. from. Muncy was due to undergo more testing on his oblique today, but the team have yet to release an update on the severity of the injury or any kind of recovery schedule.
With Muncy outside, Pujols and Matt Beaty could now serve as a right-handed / left-handed squad on first base. Beaty has been a productive part-time during her three seasons with LA, and Pujols in a semi-startup role for the World Series champions represents a turnaround for the future Hall of Famer over the past month. It looked like Pujols’ career might have ended after the Angels released him in May, but since signing with the Dodgers Pujols has hit 0.268 / 0.317 / 0.571 with five homers in 60 AP.
If Muncy’s injury wasn’t enough, Cody Bellinger also left Friday’s game due to left hamstring strain. Bellinger’s problem does not seem so serious, since the director Dave Roberts Told Juan Toribio from MLB.com and other reporters Bellinger could potentially be back in action by Sunday.