Muncy says he tore UCL in October collision
The 31-year-old said during an interview on Monday that he tore the UCL in his left elbow in the collision at first base with the Milwaukee Brewers' Jace Peterson.
"I'm not recovering as quick as I would like, but that's what happens when you do some serious damage to your body," he told MLB Network's Alanna Rizzo, according to Matthew Moreno of Dodger Blue. "A torn UCL is a slow process."
This is the first time Muncy has referred to the injury as a torn UCL. He previously called it a dislocated elbow.
A torn UCL, which is more common among pitchers, usually requires a player to undergo Tommy John surgery. Though pitchers normally require 12-15 months to recover from the procedure, position players customarily need six months, according to Baseball-Reference.
New York Yankees infielder Gleyber Torres tore his UCL in June 2017. He underwent Tommy John and was able to recover in time for the 2018 season, in which he played 123 games.
Muncy's postseason absence was a big one for the Dodgers, who were eliminated by the Atlanta Braves in the National League Championship Series. During the regular season, the two-time All-Star hit 36 home runs to go with 94 RBIs and an .895 OPS.