Bellinger (shoulder) and the Dodgers avoided arbitration Friday by agreeing to a one-year, $16.1 million contract, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports. Bellinger had his worst season at the plate last year, though his .239/.333/.455 line would have been quite good for many players, especially ones who spent the majority of their time in center field. He's spending the offseason recovering from surgery to repair a dislocated right shoulder, an injury he suffered as the result of an overly exuberant celebration during the NLCS.
Bellinger (shoulder) is healing well and has begun his recovery process, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports. Bellinger underwent surgery to repair a dislocated right shoulder that he hurt during a celebration in Game 7 of the NLCS. Manager Dave Roberts revealed Thursday that his rehab is underway, and he's progressing well so far. The center fielder is expected to be "somewhat active" early in spring training, and the injury isn't anticipated to impact his availability as the Dodgers' starting center fielder.
Bellinger underwent surgery to repair his dislocated right shoulder Tuesday, Jeff Passan of ESPN.com reports. Bellinger's injury occurred while celebrating a homer in Game 7 of the NLCS. The injury was serious enough to require surgery despite the fact that he remained on the roster for the World Series. Recovery from the procedure is expected to take 10 weeks, which should give him the time to be ready by the start of spring training. Even if he's not forced to miss any time, the surgery still adds a bit of uncertainty to the star outfielder's profile heading into next season.
Bellinger (back) is starting in center field and batting sixth in Game 5 of the World Series against the Rays on Sunday, J.P. Hoornstra of the Los Angeles Daily News reports. The 25-year-old was moved to designated hitter prior to Game 4 due to lower-back stiffness, but he's back in center field with the series now tied at two games apiece. Bellinger is 2-for-15 with one home run, two RBI and three walks through the first four games of the series.
Bellinger's move to designated hitter for Game 4 of the World Series against the Rays on Saturday is due to lower-back stiffness, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports. Initial speculation was that Bellinger was still feeling the effects of the minor shoulder injury he suffered while celebrating his homer in Game 7 of the NLCS on Sunday, but he's evidently dealing with an entirely new problem. The back issue, which was reportedly popped up overnight, is seemingly not a major problem, as he's at least able to hit. A.J. Pollock moves out from the designated hitter spot to cover center field in Bellinger's absence.