Originally published by DodgerBlue.com
The Los Angeles Dodgers have dealt with a rash of injuries within their starting rotation of late and now may have reason to be concerned with Max Muncy, who was removed in the third inning of Sunday’s game against the Tampa Bay Rays due to a left hamstring cramp.
Muncy suffered the injury when running from first base to second base in the top of the third inning. He legged out a chopper and went back into a sprint when Brandon Lowe’s throw to second was wide of the bag and sailed into left field.
Muncy limped into second base and was checked on by Dodgers manager Dave Roberts and a trainer before initially remaining in the game. He took third base on a fly ball to center field and scored without issue on Miguel Rojas’ sacrifice fly.
However, he was replaced in the field when the bottom of the third inning began.
Muncy exited after going 1-for-2 with two runs scored and an RBI. He combined with Chris Taylor to hit back-to-back home runs in the second inning.
That gave Muncy two home runs and three extra-base hits in the past two games, which came on the heels of being in a 5-for-37 skid through Friday’s loss at Tropicana Field.
Overall this season, the 32-year-old is batting .208/.340/.530 with three doubles, 17 home runs and 38 RBI. Muncy trails only the New York Mets’ Pete Alonso (20) for the MLB lead in home runs this season.
What would Max Muncy injury mean for Dodgers?
Should Muncy need to go on the 10-day injured list or miss a brief stretch of games, the Dodgers likely would rely on Taylor to fill in at third base.
The domino effect would include more opportunities in the outfield for Jason Heyward, David Peralta or Trayce Thompson.
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