If you’ve been thinking the high-five-turned-elbow-smash celebration looked violent and potentially dangerous, well, here’s Los Angeles Dodgers star Cody Bellinger as your cautionary tale.
Bellinger hit a tie-breaking, seventh-inning home run that provided the winning margin as the Dodgers beat the Atlanta Braves in Game 7 of the National League Championship Series on Sunday night.
The celebration began innocently enough. A bat flip was followed by a jubilant trot around the bases.
After crossing home plate, Bellinger and teammate Kike Hernandez attempted a “Bash Brothers” greeting, thanks to Jose Canseco and Mark McGwire from the old Oakland A’s. Fox TV cameras caught Bellinger wincing.
Bellinger indicated he dislocated his right shoulder in the celebration and retreated to the training room. “I hit Kiké’s shoulder a little too hard and my shoulder popped out,” Bellinger told MLB Network. “They had to pop it back in so I could play defense. It kinda hurt. I’m going to maybe use my left arm (next time). I’ve never dislocated that one.”
The LA star has a history of shoulder dislocations and, though he stayed in the game and ultimately recorded the final out on a fly ball to right field, he had to move from first base to remain in the game on defense.
Dr. David Chao told outkick.com it shouldn’t hamper Bellinger too much. “He should not miss time since it is not a completely new injury, but it could affect him … Fortunately, he has a tight compact swing, but given that he has injured his lead arm, he may have to shorten his follow-through on the swing to keep the right shoulder from shifting again.”
Bellinger and the Dodgers don’t have to travel before beginning the World Series on Tuesday against the American League champion, Tampa Bay Rays. Major League Baseball designated Globe Life Field, the home of the Texas Rangers, as the site for the National League Division Series, the just-concluded NLCS and the World Series.