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Chad Billingsley gets platelet-rich plasma injection in elbow

Aug 31, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

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Amid worries that Chad Billingsley will miss the remainder of the season after leaving his August 24 start with an elbow injury the Dodgers right-hander got a platelet-rich plasma injection yesterday.

For now the team is calling Billingsley’s injury merely “inflammation,” but Ken Gurnick of MLB.com notes that “the PRP injection is generally used for tears in tendons and ligaments.”

Don Mattingly indicated to Gurnick that Billingsley will attempt to start a throwing program after receiving the injection and if it doesn’t go smoothly he’ll likely be shut down for the year.

Billingsley has had a very strong season, starting 25 games with a 3.55 ERA and 128/45 K/BB ratio in 150 innings, posting his best ERA since 2008 and his best K/BB ratio ever.

  1. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Aug 31, 2012 at 11:25 AM

    Using science to help an athlete perform better. Get ready with the asterisk.

  2. alang3131982 - Aug 31, 2012 at 11:40 AM

    First Manny Ramirez, now Chad Billingsley. Looks like cheating is rampant up and down California….

  3. natslady - Aug 31, 2012 at 11:45 AM

    Michael Morse had one of those. Didn’t seem to help much, but it is apparently “legal” by MLB rules, just like Ryan Zimmerman’s cortisone shot. It doesn’t fall in the category of “cheating.”

    • gloccamorra - Aug 31, 2012 at 6:09 PM

      For an actual injury, every banned substance known to be medically useful (no illegal drugs) can be used after clearance from the MLB drug system. That’s the difference between the wacko WADA group and MLB. They actually get out of the way when doctors performing actual medical treatment get involved, to avoid lawsuits charging interference with the doctor-patient relationship. WADA, like all other “international” sports agencies, recognizes no legal authority anywhere.

  4. vanmorrissey - Aug 31, 2012 at 12:05 PM

    Can I get one of those in my Cerebellum?

  5. Jason @ IIATMS - Aug 31, 2012 at 12:38 PM

    Just ask BFB Colon how that worked out.

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