The Dodgers faced a bit of a scare during the playoffs when Cody Bellinger went down with an injury. After hitting a HUGE homerun for LA in Game 7 of the NCLS, Bellinger dislocated his shoulder during the celebration. He ended up wearing a brace for the World Series and looked pretty hampered at the plate at times.
When the season was over, Bellinger went it for surgery to correct the issue that has apparently plagued him for years. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts spoke to media members on Thursday and updated everyone on the status of Cody heading into 2021. As expected, Doc does not see a need for Bellinger to move back to first base due to the injury.
He’s doing really well. Kind of rehabbing at Camelback Ranch and honestly once it happened in the postseason, I was just afraid he couldn’t play in the days following. Right now, he’s recovering well ahead of schedule. What that means I really don’t know right now. I think for me, for him to be ready to kind of be somewhat active once we start Spring Training, that’s kind of the hope…It won’t change his position. I just don’t see how he won’t be our centerfielder.
Bellinger has posted a few updates since having the surgery, and Roberts seems to believe he will be on schedule. If Bellinger can be ready for baseball activity by the time Spring Training rolls around, there is no reason to expect him to not be ready for the Dodgers Opening Day.
Other Dodgers Updates
Dave Roberts further solidified Andrew Friedman’s comments by saying that they would still like to add a right-handed bat. Friedman had said on Wednesday night that it does NOT have to be a third baseman since they have some options there in-house.
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