Cody Bellinger is getting surgery on the shoulder that bothered him in the World Series.
The Los Angeles Dodgers are still in a state of euphoria, as they broke a decades-long curse when they finally managed to defeat the Tampa Bay Rays and take home the 2020 World Series. They did so with star outfielder Cody Bellinger essentially hitting with one arm, as he dislocated his shoulder while celebrating his climactic home run that put LA in front of the Atlanta Braves in the NLCS.
Bellinger has finally decided to get that shoulder fixed up, as Jeff Passan is reporting he will have his shoulder operated on in the coming days. Bellinger is expected to be sidelined for 10 weeks, which should put him on track to return before Spring Training.
Cody Bellinger was playing through serious injury against the Rays
While Bellinger did have a home run in Game 1 of the Series, he did not look like himself against a Tampa Bay pitching staff that had no trouble with the former MVP. Including the home run, Bellinger has just three hits in 22 at-bats during this series, good for a .136 average. Considering that his regular-season average dropped to .239 after his MVP season in 2019, this season was a down season for Bellinder individually.
With Bellinger expected to have healed up by the time Spring Training comes around, he should be able to rejoin LA’s star-studded outfield in short order. With Mookie Betts lining up next to him in right field, the Dodgers should be considered favorites to repeat.
While Bellinger certainly had a disappointing 2020 season, he is still an integral part of the Dodgers’ future. The best course of action is to let that shoulder heal up and hope that he can rediscover his MVP form from 2019 in order to lead the Dodgers to their second title in as many years.