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Dodgers: Cody Bellinger Undergoes Surgery on His Injured Shoulder

Belli went under the knife to fix that shoulder he hurt during a celebration.



The Dodgers will have to wait and see how Cody Bellinger heals up over the next couple of weeks. The former National League MVP had to undergo surgery on Tuesday afternoon in order to repair his shoulder that he dislocated during the National League Championship series.  

The timetable for Bellinger’s return to action is roughly 10 weeks, per Jeff Passan of ESPN. That would put him on track to be ready for Spring Training if Dodgers camp starts on time as scheduled.

Moreover, the Dodgers added that the surgery was performed by Dr. Neal ElAttrache and that the outfielder will begin his rehab in Arizona next week.

Bellinger dislocated his shoulder during Game 7 of the NLCS after hitting a huge home run off of Atlanta’s Chris Martin. During the celebration, Bellinger slammed forearms with several Dodgers players including Enrique Hernandez, and was seen in visible pain after. The team reportedly put him in a sling to help him heal up from it, and it could have played a factor in his World Series performance. 

Bellinger did hit a home run during the World Series against Tampa Bay, but had just 3 hits in the 6 games. Perhaps the shoulder was more of an issue than the team was willing to admit.

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Written by Brook Smith

Brook is the Senior Editor of Dodgers Nation, with several years of experience in sports journalism. He is an avid Dodgers and Lakers fan, and can be spotted fairly often at Dodger Stadium and Staples Center.

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  1. What an embarrassing injury. At least run into the fence trying to rob a home run or something. This is like Joe Kelley’s cooking injury last year where he felt a sudden stabbing pain while stirring a pot of mixed greens. But at least he didn’t need surgery. Making the excuse that this injury negatively affected Bellinger’s postseason ignores the fact that his entire season was lame, as well as the second half of 2019. This guy has something to prove in 2021. Now he has an issue that could prevent that from happening. That MVP looks more and more like a distant memory.

  2. Bonehead play of the century. This is the equivalent of a torn achilles, Cody Bellinger will never be the same again. A reminder he had popped that shoulder twice before this current mishap. “Third Times The Charm” seems to be the life story of Cody Bellinger:

    1. 2017 No MVP, 2018 No MVP, 2019 MVP
    2. Girlfriend #1 Melyssa Perez, Girlfriend #2 Sabrina DenHamm, Girlfriend #3 Carter Chase
    3. Popped Shoulder Going Once, Twice, Three Times! It’s Outta Here!

    But don’t be sad, Dodger fans, another Cody is waiting in the wings to take over, the next great Dodger will be: Cody Thomas. Bank on it.

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