Dodgers outfielder Cody Bellinger underwent surgery Tuesday to stabilize the right shoulder that he dislocated during Game 7 of the National League Championship Series.
Bellinger has had a history of popping the shoulder out of its socket. He did it on a diving defensive play at first base in May 2019, prompting his move to the outfield as his primary position. Surgery was considered following that season but Bellinger opted for a program of strengthening exercises.
He did it again during the NLCS last month, this time dislocating his shoulder when he shared a forearm bash with Kike’ Hernandez following Bellinger’s go-ahead home run in Game 7.
Recovery time for the surgery is expected to be 10 weeks, putting him on track for spring training.
Bellinger struggled offensively during the follow-up to his 2019 MVP season. The 25-year-old hit just .239 with 12 home runs in the 60-game regular season. He hit just .212 with four home runs and 13 RBI in the Dodgers’ postseason run, but his defense was outstanding. He was a Gold Glove finalist in center field (after winning as a right fielder in 2019) but San Diego’s Trent Grisham won the honor.
Bellinger is arbitration eligible again this winter after signing a one-year, $11.5 million contract last January.