Another day, another update on Dodgers slugger Cody Bellinger. In today’s installment of as the Cody turns, the world champ echoed the sentiments of manager Dave Roberts when it comes to his health and recovery from offseason shoulder surgery.
Things are on schedule. Taking it a step further, he feels he’s actually ahead of schedule.
With am570’s David Vassegh, among others, Belli talked about his status early in camp and when he expects to be in the Dodger lineup for Cactus League play.
Next week, I’m basically full go … I’m feeling really good … I’m taking it to where I know my shoulder’s gonna be OK
Of course, Bellinger had surgery to correct a separated shoulder, an injury he suffered celebrating an eventual NLCS clinching home run last October. Still, this isn’t the first time the 25-year-old has dislocated that shoulder. In fact, he’s suffered minor separations multiple times as a big leaguer, most recently on a diving play at first base in 2019.
Now, the former NL MVP is feeling good — maybe even a little too good. Cody notes in his chat with Vassegh that he started hitting/swinging much earlier than expected.
Yeah, I’m way ahead of schedule — I feel really good. I was supposed to start hitting late February, but I’ve been hitting for a few weeks now. I did defense yesterday. Next week I’m on the field hitting and live BP at the end of the week or the next week at best.
Feeling good notwithstanding, Bellinger still plans to play it safe early in camp noting that he doesn’t expect to play in games until about March 15th while he continues to test and strengthen that shoulder. But, if all goes according to plan, his expectations on being in the opening day lineup will have Dodger fans feeling pumped.
I will 100% be ready for opening day if everything is going as planned. As of now, I will 100% say that with confidence.
Opening day is 5 weeks away for Los Angeles. Oh, and most importantly, Belli says he will never forearm bash a teammate again.