Max Muncy injury: Dodgers star leaves regular-season finale after collision at first base

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Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman Max Muncy departed Sunday’s regular-season finale against the Milwaukee Brewers in the third inning following a collision with Jace Peterson that left Muncy on the ground with an apparent arm injury. Muncy did walk off on his own power, but he was holding his left wrist as he left the field.

The incident happened after Peterson hit a bouncer out in front of the plate. Dodgers catcher Will Smith retrieved the ball and threw to first, but the throw caused Muncy’s glove hand to traverse into Peterson’s path. Unfortunately, the timing worked out where Peterson ran into Muncy’s arm. Here’s a look:

Veteran first baseman Albert Pujols checked into the game in Muncy’s place.

Muncy had been one of the top performers in the National League this season. He entered Sunday having hit .250/.369/.528 (139 OPS+) with 36 home runs and 94 runs batted in. According to Baseball Reference’s calculations, he had been worth five Wins Above Replacement this season, putting him in a tie for 10th in the league.

Longtime baseball fans might remember how former Baltimore Orioles second baseman Brian Roberts got hurt in a similar play against the New York Yankees in September 2005. Roberts suffered ligament and tendon damage that required surgery and a six-month recovery window. Obviously it’s unknown at this point if Muncy will face a similar outcome. 

An injury of any significance would all but wipe out Muncy’s availability for the postseason. That’s not ideal within itself, and it comes at a particularly rough time for the Dodgers. They came into play on Sunday trailing the San Francisco Giants by a game in the NL West race. A Dodgers win and a Giants loss (to the San Diego Padres) would cause the two sides to face off on Monday in a tiebreaker. Any other scenario will see the Dodgers play the St. Louis Cardinals in the NL Wild Card Game on Wednesday.

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