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Cody Bellinger out 10 weeks after undergoing shoulder surgery

Cody Bellinger shoulder

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.

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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Jimmy Kimmel asks Dodgers hilarious question during interview

Jimmy Kimmel Dodgers

Jimmy Kimmel had Los Angeles Dodgers star players Clayton Kershaw and Cody Bellinger on for an interview during the week following the team’s World Series win over the Tampa Bay Rays.

The ABC late-night host talked with the Dodgers stars about numerous topics, but things got really funny when he threw a zinger at the Houston Astros.

“Was it easier to win a World Series where the other team wasn’t cheating?” Kimmel humorously asked.

“I guess so, we won, so it must have been easier,” Kershaw said.

“I’d say so,” Bellinger added.

Bellinger was one of the most vocal Dodgers players when it came to calling out the Astros for cheating in the 2017 World Series. The Dodgers lost two World Series in a row — to Houston in 2017 and Boston in 2018 — and finally got their ring this year.

And yes, it’s easier to win when the other team isn’t cheating.

This is why Cody Bellinger did a foot tap celebration after huge home run

Cody Bellinger foot celebration

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.

This was toned down from the big celebrations fans are used to. So why did he do it?

Bellinger hit the game-winning home run in Game 7 of the NLCS on Sunday and actually suffered a shoulder injury doing a forearm bash. Bellinger popped his shoulder back in and is fine, but he said he was going to change his celebratory method to avoid a repeat injury. He indeed stuck to that promise.

Bellinger is now up to three home runs this postseason.

Cody Bellinger jokes about changing his home run celebration

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.

“I’m gonna use my left arm,” Bellinger said on MLB Network, via Pedro Moura of The Athletic. “I’ve never dislocated that one.”

Indeed, Bellinger has had to do something similar before. He should be fine for the World Series. That said, he’s doing the smart thing if he adjusts his celebration. No need to risk it.

Cody Bellinger suffers shoulder injury celebrating huge home run

Cody Bellinger shoulder

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.

Bellinger hurt his right shoulder on a dive at first base while playing defense last year. FOX analyst John Smoltz speculated that Bellinger reaggravated the injury.

Even when Bellinger’s shoulder popped out last year, he popped it back in and doubled in the same game. Bellinger may be used to his shoulder popping out and it not being a huge issue.

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Cody Bellinger robs Fernando Tatis Jr. of home run with amazing catch

Cody Bellinger catch

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.

What a catch!

By our count, Bellinger was worth about three runs in the game. He hit the home run and saved two runs with that catch.

The Padres trailed 1-0 in the series entering the game, and catches like that won’t help.

Cody Bellinger cozy with Giancarlo Stanton’s ex-girlfriend Chase Carter

Cody Bellinger

Chase Carter is going from one MVP to another.

Carter appears to be getting cozy with Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Cody Bellinger. A photo of the two appeared on social media that showed them holding hands.

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 changed his swing during hiatus

Cody Bellinger

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 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.

Mookie Betts has interesting advice for Cody Bellinger on handling post-MVP life

Mookie Betts

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.

Betts did at times express frustration with his play as reigning MVP, but he clearly feels that Bellinger just needs to keep things in perspective in 2020.

Cody Bellinger not buying Jose Altuve’s electronic buzzer excuse

Jose Altuve buzzer

Cody Bellinger is among the most dissatisfied players in MLB over the Houston Astros’ cheating and the team’s lack of remorse and penalties from MLB.

Bellinger took a shot at both the Astros and Red Sox in January over the allegations. He also shared his concerns over the allegations about some of the Astros’ top players wearing electronic buzzers to receive stolen signals.

On Friday, Bellinger spoke from the Dodgers’ spring training facility in Arizona. He shared his doubts about Jose Altuve’s behavior and explanation after hitting a walk-off home run against Aroldis Chapman to send the Astros to the World Series last season.

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.

Bellinger, the reigning NL MVP, had much more to say about the Astros, Rob Manfred, and Jim Crane.

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