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Max Muncy cites Dodgers’ new center-field backdrop for HBP injury: ‘I couldn’t really see the ball’

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LOS ANGELES — Max Muncy didn’t react quickly enough to a pitch running in on him during Sunday’s scrimmage from Dodger Stadium and suffered an injury because of it. “I couldn’t really see the ball,” Muncy said. “I’m trying to adjust to some of the changes out there. It came up and in on me and hit me in the finger.” The reason: A center-field batter’s eye, the visual backdrop for batters, that has evolved over the course of a $100 million renovation and has seemingly made it more difficult for Los Angeles Dodgers hitters to pick up the baseball. The videographers’ well now stretches wider. A pedestrian area that is part of a new center-field plaza brought the black wall down lower. And the section of neighboring seats that used to be tarped off is now only partially painted black, which might make it especially difficult to pick up the baseball when facing side-arm throwers.