After a wild Game 7 victory over the Atlanta Braves Sunday night, the Dodgers are headed back to the World Series for the third time in the last four years.
But while this game was an instant classic and ended in the Dodgers’ favor, it may not be all good news for the blue.
With the Dodgers and Braves tied at 3 a piece in the 7th inning of Game 7, Cody Bellinger came up to bat and hit an absolute blast into the right-field seats at Globe Life Field to give the Dodgers a 4-3 lead. The bad news began shortly after the go-ahead homer, with Cody Bellinger injuring his shoulder while celebrating his big hit with teammate Kiké Hernández (at 0:47 second mark).
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Just in case you couldn’t see the exact moment where he injured his shoulder, let’s look at it again in slow motion.
Cody Bellinger Celebration Injury pic.twitter.com/gxFQbHknTZ
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After the game, Bellinger spoke with MLB Network regarding his big hit and the injury that followed. He confirmed that his shoulder did indeed pop out during the celebratory elbow lock with Hernández.
Cody Bellinger to MLB Network: "I’m good. I hit Kike’s shoulder a little too hard, and my shoulder popped out. I had to go back into the trainer’s room and they popped it back in so I could go play defense. It kind of hurt. I’m gonna use my L arm. I’ve never dislocated that one."
— Mike DiGiovanna (@MikeDiGiovanna) October 19, 2020
It should be mentioned that after the injury, Cody remained in the game the rest of the way. His shoulder didn’t seem to bother him on the final out of the game, which appropriately ended up in his glove.
At the end of the night, Cody still appeared to be in high spirits and didn’t show too much pain in that right shoulder. While he’ll definitely feel it in the morning, this isn’t the type of injury that should keep him off of the World Series roster or even keep him from playing in Game 1. If the Dodgers are going to win it all, they’ll need the contributions from every part of the roster, including the former NL MVP.
Check out his entire post-game interview with MLB Network where he discussed the injury and how he feels going forward.
— MLB Network (@MLBNetwork) October 19, 2020
The boys will enjoy an off day on Monday before the World Series gets underway on Tuesday night in Arlington. LA will welcome the Tampa Bay Rays into the Texas bubble for the best-of-seven series.