The World Series Champion Los Angeles Dodgers announced on Tuesday that star outfielder and 2019 NL Most Valuable Player Cody Bellinger had undergone surgery to fix a problem with his right shoulder.
Bellinger suffered damage to his right shoulder during Game 7 of the Dodgers’ NLCS win over the Atlanta Braves while celebrating a home run with teammate Kike Hernandez.
The slugger pounded elbows with his teammate and saw his right shoulder dislocate and pop out of place. The outfielder returned to the game after suffering the injury and didn’t miss any time during the rest of the Postseason, but apparently suffered enough damage to make surgical reparation necessary.
Bellinger was one of the few surprising disappointments for the Dodgers in a magical 2020 season, as the reigning MVP hit only .239 with 12 home runs and 30 RBIs.
The 25-year-old player, however, is considered to be one of the best young players in the game and is a lock to be in the Dodgers’ lineup next season.
According to the team, the surgery, which was performed by Dr. Neal ElAttrache, will not keep him from returning by the time Spring Training gets underway in February.
For now, Bellinger will rehabilitate his non-throwing shoulder in Arizona and get prepared for the upcoming campaign.