Max Muncy returns to Dodgers' lineup with spring appearance

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Max Muncy won’t be playing much first base for the Los Angeles Dodgers this season, but he’s just happy to be back on the diamond.“It was good to be back,” Muncy said Monday after his return to game action in the Cactus League. He batted second and played third base, with…

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GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Max Muncy won’t be enjoying powerful first sinister for the Los Angeles Dodgers this season, however he’s correct contented to be reduction on the diamond.

“It used to be factual to be reduction,” Muncy said Monday after his return to sport action in the Cactus League. He batted second and performed third sinister, with a strikeout and a slip in three innings in opposition to the Chicago White Sox.

Muncy used to be injured in the Dodgers’ closing normal-season sport final twelve months in opposition to Milwaukee in a collision scheme first sinister with the Brewers’ Jace Peterson. The 31-twelve months-extinct uncared for the total postseason with a torn ligament in his left elbow.

“The largest instruct is to receive available and receive some sport action,” Muncy said. “The elbow felt intellectual getting some ABs on the aid fields, however whilst you receive rather adrenaline going it’s precious. The swing is a obvious topic, however we gotta danger about the elbow first. You’ve gotta receive it shifting. It’s treasure whereas you’re sitting in a automobile for a the truth is long time, your legs receive stiff. It’s practically treasure that. A couple more games I judge we’ll be all factual.”

With the condensed spring practising and Muncy’s growth, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said it used to be time to seem at what Muncy can also construct.

“I do know Max used to be getting rather anxious, so right here's the factual time to receive him in there and over at third sinister,” Roberts said earlier than Monday’s sport. “You don’t must compromise your mechanics. The largest instruct is he feels wholesome and solid. There’s going to be a timing adjustment, however physically and mentally he’s in a factual location.”

Muncy made his second All-Indispensable person team final season, ending with 36 homers and 94 RBIs. He done 10th in the Nationwide League MVP vote as the Dodgers won 106 games.

With the addition of free agent Freddie Freeman, Muncy will return to his familiar role as a utilityman whereas being someplace in the lineup on each day basis — if not in the self-discipline, at designated hitter now that the rule has been adopted for the Nationwide League.

“It’s third, it’s second, there’s going to be some DHs,” Roberts said of Muncy’s role.

Even final twelve months whereas mostly enjoying first sinister, Muncy purchased into 39 games at second sinister and seven at third sinister.

SECOND CHANCE

Roberts said Chris Taylor is scheduled to play in the self-discipline for the principle time on Thursday, at second sinister. Taylor had surgical treatment in the offseason to procure bone chips from his factual elbow and has been brought alongside slowly. He has served as a DH already this spring.

Taylor’s throwing elbow him down the stretch, however he says he’s intellectual now.

“It’s 100 percent, correct working reduction to the persistence phase,” Taylor said. “While you happen to've got an hurt that forces you to construct (bodily therapy), it ends up determining for the easier.”

LOOKING AHEAD

The Dodgers have already said Freeman will construct his Dodgers debut on Tuesday and Mookie Betts will play for the principle time this spring on Wednesday. ... Roberts said Walker Buehler will originate up Tuesday’s sport in opposition to Cincinnati, with Andrew Heaney to prepare Buehler to the mound. ... Clayton Kershaw is scheduled to face Cleveland on Wednesday, the manager said.

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