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All-Star Dodgers infielder Max Muncy seriously injured his left elbow during the last game of the 2021 MLB regular season on a collision at first base.

At the time, the word from the team was that Muncy had dislocated his elbow and that there was a chance he could play in the World Series, if they advanced that far. We never got the chance to find out any further injury details as the Dodgers were eliminated by the Braves in the NLCS.

Here's a look at the play that sidelined Muncy for October:

Monday in a TV interview with MLB Network (full interview here), however, Muncy revealed the injury is worse than we were led to believe. 

A torn UCL? That would be the ulnar-collateral ligament, which is the elbow ligament that when torn usually requires the notorious "Tommy John surgery" to be repaired. 

There are non-surgical ways to treat the injury and given that this is Muncy's non-throwing arm, it seems that's the route he and the Dodgers have chosen. It also seems like it'll be a long road back -- remember, even if he doesn't throw with that arm, it's quite integral to his swing -- even without surgery being necessary. 

We won't speculate as to how long. We'll just lay out how long we have until different key dates, assuming the impending lockout doesn't delay anything on the field.

  • Spring training position players report generally around Feb. 20. That would be around 12 weeks or three months from now.
  • Opening day for the Dodgers is March 31. That would be about 17 1/2 weeks away, so a touch over four months from now. 
  • Memorial Day weekend is roughly six months away. 
  • The All-Star break is about 7 1/2 months away. 

Speculate away how long it'll take Muncy to get back up to MLB game speed. 

Muncy, 31, was a stabilizing force in the Dodgers' offense last year as the club through several major injuries and was still one of the better groups in baseball. He hit .249/.368/.527 (138 OPS+) with 26 doubles, two triples, 36 homers, 94 RBI, 95 runs and 4.9 WAR. He finished 10th in the NL in MVP voting. 

The Dodgers are also facing the possibility of losing starters Chris Taylor and Corey Seager to free agency.