Dodgers star Cody Bellinger needed surgery on his shoulder after his celebration injury.
No more forearm/bicep-banging celebrations, please. We really don’t need them! Los Angeles Dodgers star Cody Bellinger proved that during the NLCS when he hit a go-ahead home run against the Atlanta Braves in Game 7 and promptly dislocated his shoulder after getting a little bit too excited with his showboating.
Belli would remain in the game and continue to take the field for the Dodgers in the World Series, but it was clear his play was impacted. He batted just .136 with a .481 OPS in those six games against the Tampa Bay Rays.
The injury was more serious than many imagined, too, after it was revealed Bellinger underwent surgery to repair his shoulder on Tuesday. He’ll miss 10 weeks, but he should be good to go by Spring Training.
You really don’t want one of your franchise cornerstones suffering this kind of an injury when it has nothing to do with what’s happening on the field, but the Dodgers don’t have a choice, do they? They’ll take the World Series title. We guess that’s the price you have to pay?
Nonetheless, it’s pretty admirable Bellinger was able to play through this for the remainder of the team’s title run. Though his bat didn’t show up in the Fall Classic, he continued to play Gold Glove-caliber defense in center field, which no doubt helped elevate the Dodgers. You saw what happened when Chris Taylor was out there in Game 4, didn’t you?
It hurts watching that. How in the world did Bellinger stomach the effort to play through the pain and discomfort? Maybe that’s why he appeared ston— nope, that’s just how his face looks! Nonetheless, it’s hard to argue with him for being that amped after hitting the homer that booked the Dodgers’ ticket to the World Series.
We just don’t want it to happen again. We’ll take a contract extension instead.