The Dodgers announced they’ve activated second baseman Max Muncy from the injured list before tonight’s game in San Diego. Outfielder Zach Reks was optioned to Triple-A Oklahoma City in a corresponding move. Muncy is starting at second base against the Padres, hitting sixth in the order.
Muncy wound up sitting out a minimal ten days with a modest right oblique strain. The 30-year-old has been one of the best players in the league this season. He’s hitting .264/.418/.528 with 14 homers across 244 plate appearances. By measure of wRC+ (163), Muncy is tied with Nick Castellanos as the seventh-most productive qualified hitter. It’s his fourth consecutive season of high-end offensive play.
At 44-28, the Dodgers sit two games back of the Giants in a three-way race in the National League West. The 43-32 Friars are 2.5 games behind L.A., making this an important series between the pair of Southern California rivals. San Diego won the first game last night, 6-2.