The Cody Bellinger shoulder bump during the NLCS was almost a disaster for the Dodgers. Celebrating a huge homerun in Game 7, Bellinger collided with a teammate during the celebration and dislocated his right arm. Luckily for them, they were able to put him in a brace and he battled through the World Series.
The last update that we got on Bellinger from the Dodgers is that his surgery went well. The procedure corrected an issue that caused his shoulder to dislocate often but made it unclear when he would be ready to go at full strength.
Last month, there was an update that Bellinger had yet to pick up a bat and work on his swing. The Dodgers centerfielder wanted to work on some of the tweaks that derailed his 2020 season early on, but had not been able to do that. The OC Register’s Bill Plunkett spoke with Dave Roberts about Bellinger today, and he didn’t seem very concerned.
Once we get to full-squad workouts, I would expect to have him on the field, taking swings…I think right now we’re right where we need to be, from what the trainers are saying…However it looks for Cody’s schedule as far as building it out, I’m not concerned at all for him to be ready offensively for the start of the season.
Plunkett did say that Doc confirmed Bellinger had been taking one-handed swings. Those swings have not been utilizing his surgically repaired shoulder. The good news is that the Dodgers manager is still confident he will be able to get to full swings by February 23rd, the first day of full-squad workouts.
Still, the fact that Bellinger has not been able to progress beyond a one-handed swing cannot instill confidence. The Dodgers have made no indication that he will need to miss any part of Spring Training, but his progress is still very much up in the air.
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