“I’m not getting as fast as I would like” – CBS Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman Max Muncy recently told MLB Network sources that the extent of his elbow injury is much worse than many had initially thought.

In an interview with MLB Network, Muncy revealed that he actually has a torn ligament in his left elbow:

“I’m not coming as fast as I would like, but that’s what happens when you do serious damage to your body. A torn UCL is a slow process.”

This is the first indication to the public as to the actual status of Muncy’s injury, outside the previous list of elbow injury.

The injury occurred on Oct. 3 in the final game of the Dodgers regular season when a throw led Muncy right onto the runner’s track at first base, Muncys arm – extended to catch the ball – was hit as Jace Peterson of the Milwaukee Brewers ran through. the bag. Muncy was immediately thrown to the floor and he could be seen writhing in pain as doctors rushed out onto the pitch to care for the 31-year-old.

Muncy was declared out for the playoffs after the game, a big piece that the Dodgers clearly missed in the October game.

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – OCTOBER 14: Max Muncy # 13 of the Los Angeles Dodgers watches before Game 5 of the NLDS between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the San Francisco Giants at Oracle Park on Thursday, October 14, 2021 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham / MLB Photos via Getty Images)

UCL, formally known as the ulnar collateral ligament, is traditionally the ligament that requires the terrible “Tommy John” surgery when torn.

Despite the severity of the injury, it did not fall for Muncys throwing arm and he is reviewing alternative methods while getting better.

While it may not immediately affect his throwing motion, the injury is likely to hamper Muncy’s swing in the foreseeable future.

Traditionally, UCL injuries can take anywhere from several weeks to several months to recover – when surgery is not required. When surgery is required, the recovery time can vary from nine months to a full year.

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There is no speculation as to when he should be fully recovered, but he is apparently itching to get back on the diamond. Muncy is widely regarded as one of the most competitive and ardent players on the Dodgers list, when asked how it felt to see his team advance through the playoffs as he watched from the excavation, he indicated how much it took on him mentally:

“I think it was one of the hardest things I had to go through in my career. It’s very frustrating to see it and not be able to be out there with the guys.”

Muncy has been a midfielder for the Dodgers in recent seasons, beginning in 2018, where he put together his first full seasons in the major leagues. He hit .263 with 35 homeruns and 79 run runs that year.

He followed up with a strong show in 2019, where he was named his first All-Star Game, hitting 35 homeruns and running in 98 runs while hitting .251.

Muncy was a crucial part of the Dodgers World Series Championship in 2020, when he came up with countless clutch moments on the record – especially his first inning grand slam in the NLCS Game 3, which triggered a 15-run attack, leading the Dodgers to their first win in the series.

2021 was one of Muncy’s best years to date, reaching 36 homeruns in his career – finishing in 10th place in the National League MVP poll and being named his second All-Star Game.

This news comes as part of a tough day for Dodgers fans, who saw superstar pitcher Max Scherzer sign a three-year deal with the New York Mets, and longtime shortstop and fan favorite Corey Seager sign a 10-year deal with the Texas Rangers .


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