The 2021 regular season for Dodgers outfielder Cody Bellinger was nothing short of a disaster. It was assumed that Bellinger would have slow start to the season as he strengthened his surgically repaired shoulder, but it quickly turned into a slow season.
Due to the current MLB lockout, Bellinger has had to workout without access to the Dodgers training facilities and coaching staff this offseason. Nonetheless, the slugger is still getting his work in. Bellinger provided an update on his health at the 6th Annual Justin Turner Foundation Golf Classic on Monday.
“I feel really good. My shoulder is feeling better. I’ve just been doing the proper lifts to feel good and I’m swinging the bat. I’m feeling pretty good about it. My body is feeling good and my shoulder is feeling a lot, a lot better.”
Cody Bellinger in the house for @JTFoundation10 6th Annual Golf Tournament. Bellinger said he’s had a great off season strengthening his shoulder and working on his hitting. #Dodgers pic.twitter.com/paofNzSXHH
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It wasn’t just the shoulder that hampered Bellinger last season. He suffered a hairline fracture in his left fibula in the fifth game of the season that caused him to miss 46 games.
His shoulder, fibula, and inconsistent swing led to the 2019 NL MVP slashing an anemic .165/.240/.302 in 95 regular season games in 2021. At one point, Bellinger wondered if he’d ever get a hit again.
Bellinger’s Red Hot October
Well, Bellinger did hit again and one of them was the most important hit of the Dodgers 2021 season. His single in Game 5 against the Giants in the NLDS plated the eventual game-winning run to clinch the series.
Bellinger carried the momentum of his clutch NLDS hit into the NLCS. In six games against the Braves, the 2017 NL Rookie of the Year logged a 1.088 OPS.
Bellinger and the Dodgers are hoping last October was the turning point for one of their most important players.
If all goes well, a healthy Belli will once again be a force at the top of the Dodgers batting order.
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