Remember when Cody Bellinger hurt his shoulder celebrating his big home run in the NLCS against the Atlanta Braves? He got surgery to address it.
The Los Angeles Dodgers said that Bellinger underwent shoulder surgery in Los Angeles on Tuesday.
This morning, Cody Bellinger underwent right shoulder surgery in Los Angeles, performed by Dr. Neal ElAttrache. He will begin his rehab in Arizona next week and is expected to be ready to compete during Spring Training.
Bellinger is expected to be out 10 weeks, according to ESPN’s Jeff Passan. He will begin rehab next week and be able to swing a bat in four weeks.
Bellinger’s home run in the seventh inning helped swing Game 7 of the NLCS in the Dodgers’ favor. The team won that game 4-3 and went on to win the World Series in six games against the Tampa Bay Rays.
Bellinger, 25, won NL MVP in 2019. He batted .239 with 12 home runs and 30 RBIs in the shortened 2020 season.
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Cody Bellinger lived up to his word after smashing a 2-run home run in Game 1 of the World Series between his Los Angeles Dodgers and the Tampa Bay Rays at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas on Tuesday night.
Bellinger homered off Rays starter Tyler Glasnow in the bottom of the fourth inning to make it a 2-0 game. After touching home plate, Bellinger celebrated with his teammates by tapping feet.
Cody Bellinger gave the Los Angeles Dodgers a scare when his enthusiastic home run celebration in Game 7 of the NLCS ended up hurting his shoulder.
Bellinger and Kiké Hernandez did the traditional elbow slam celebration after Bellinger’s tiebreaking home run. However, their enthusiasm was such that Bellinger actually dislocated his shoulder doing it. He then had to retreat to the clubhouse, where a trainer popped it back into place.
Bellinger said he doesn’t plan on significantly changing the celebration save for one major thing.
Cody Bellinger smashed an absolutely huge home run for the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 7 of the NLCS at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas on Sunday night, but there may have been a negative consequence.
Bellinger smoked a ball to right field for a solo home run to make it 4-3 in the bottom of the seventh against the Atlanta Braves and give the Dodgers their first lead of the game. Bellinger did a complete pimp job after the home run, and he really dialed up the celebration with some forearm bashes.
But FOX’s cameras observed that Bellinger was wincing and grabbing at his right shoulder as he entered the dugout. He was also pointing at his right shoulder while standing in right field. Bellinger even avoided a forearm bash with Joc Pederson because he was seemingly in pain.
Cody Bellinger did it all for the Los Angeles Dodgers against the San Diego Padres in Game 2 of the NLDS at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas on Wednesday night.
Not only did Bellinger hit a solo home run in the fourth to extend his Dodgers’ lead to 4-1 in the game, but he also made a spectacular catch.
Fernando Tatis Jr. was batting in the top of the seventh inning with a runner on second and two outs. His team was down 4-3, and Tatis Jr. lifted a ball to dead center. The ball looked sure to sail out of the park for the go-ahead home run, but Bellinger had other ideas.
Swipe Sports points out that Bellinger is also now following some people on Instagram who are close to Carter, which is a good sign they are getting close.
Carter, who is an SI swimsuit model, previously dated Giancarlo Stanton. In fact, the two made an official appearance in March 2019. They were said to have been dating since 2018, and Carter even took in Yankees playoff game last fall. Now she appears to have moved on to Bellinger.
Bellinger was the 2019 NL MVP. Stanton was the 2017 NL MVP. If things don’t work out with Bellinger, we have an idea of whom Carter could pursue next.
Cody Bellinger may be looking a bit different at the plate this season.
Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts told reporters Monday that the reigning NL MVP changed his swing during baseball’s hiatus, per Ken Gurnick of MLB.com. Roberts added that Bellinger made the changes because he was not happy with his performance in the second half of last season.
The 25-year-old slugger had a career year in 2019, hitting .305 with 47 homers and 115 RBIs en route to MVP honors. But Bellinger did see his slash line dip from .336/.432/.692 in the first half to .263/.371/.546 in the second half.
Bellinger will have a lot of eyes on him as he follows up his MVP campaign and is even getting some advice from a Dodgers teammate to that effect. The shortened 2020 season should offer some more leeway for tinkering too, so hopefully the new swing is an improved one for the lefty-hitting Bellinger.
The Los Angeles Dodgers now have multiple MVP winners in their outfield, and the veteran one has some good advice for the new one.
Speaking with reporters on Thursday, Dodgers outfielder Mookie Betts gave some insights on how teammate Cody Bellinger should approach the game now that he has an MVP trophy in his bag.
“Obviously opportunities come off the field,” said Betts, per Bill Plunkett of the OC Register. “Those are things that you can’t really control, you can’t do anything about. I think a lot of things change but it’s not because you go out and try to make them change. People change around you.
“You may feel a little more pressure because you were an MVP and now have to back it up,” the former Boston Red Sox star added. “But I think that’s all from other people … I think 95 per cent of it is outside your control. You guys will come in — and when I say you guys I mean the media — if I go 0 for 20, then it’s like, ‘Oh, he lost it.’ Instead of just — it’s baseball.”
Betts won AL MVP with Boston during his age-25 season in 2018 and saw his numbers dip a bit the following season with his batting average falling from .346 to .295 and his OPS going from 1.078 to .915. Bellinger will be entering his own follow-up season after winning NL MVP in 2019 as a 23-year-old.
Bellinger’s questions about the matter represent exactly why so many fans were concerned and outraged. Altuve’s behavior did not make much sense. And then when you see former Astros manager A.J. Hinch’s initial comments about the buzzers, it’s hard not to feel like the rumors were all true.