After surgery in the offseason to correct a nagging shoulder injury, Dodgers slugger Cody Bellinger still hasn’t appeared in a spring training game. Dave Roberts and even Cody himself say everything is on track for a healthy opening day, but will there be lingering issues from the repaired joint?
We discuss Bellinger’s status and whether his operation being less invasive than other similar surgeries on star sluggers in the past will help him return to form in 2021. Notably, former Dodger Adrian Gonzalez is one example of a player losing their power stroke after labrum surgery.
Moreover, with Cody and his many different swing changes last year, the wonder is if this will help him lock back in mechanically or get further out of sync from his MVP season in 2019.
What Can We Hope For with Cody Bellinger After Shoulder Surgery?
Again, Bellinger and company say he’ll be ready to go when the bell rings on opening day. However, if he can’t answer the call — or it’s just smarter to give him a few more at-bats at LA’s spring complex in Arizona after the season opens — DJ Peters could be in a position to fill in for the centerfielder.
The 25-year-old Peters is in the midst of a fine spring training showing. While his batting average will never be anything to write home about, DJ has posted a modest .267 clip (4-15) over 10 games while adding 2 home runs and 5 walks (1.117 OPS). Additionally, he’s made a few exceptional plays in center this Cactus League season.
DJ Peters is not 2019 NL MVP Cody Bellinger. But, with the grind of a full 162 games season looming, there really isn’t a need to rush Bellinger if he isn’t ready.
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