Dodgers outfielder/first baseman Cody Bellinger has undergone surgery to repair a disclocated right shoulder he suffered celebrating a Game 7 home run in the NLCS, Jeff Passan of ESPN reports. Bellinger will need 10 weeks to recover, but he should be OK by the time spring training starts next year.
Bellinger incurred the injury after what proved to be a series-deciding homer – a two-out solo shot during what was a 3-3 game at the time. The Dodgers went on to preserve their 4-3 lead to advance to the World Series. Despite his discomfort, Bellinger played in the Fall Classic – a series Los Angeles won over Tampa Bay in six games – and collected three hits (including a home run) against the Rays.
Prior to the playoffs, Bellinger did not enjoy a banner regular season, as he was unable to defend his 2019 NL MVP honors. The 25-year-old slashed .239/.333/.455 with 12 home runs and six steals in 243 plate appearances, though he did post a far better second half after a disappointing start to the campaign. As long he’s healthy in 2021, Bellinger seems likely to pick up where he left off down the stretch.