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Chad Billingsley has had “no issues” with elbow rehab

Feb 1, 2013, 5:47 PM EDT

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Chad Billingsley was shut down in August with a partially torn elbow ligament, but he avoided surgery and now the Dodgers right-hander is on track to be ready for spring training.

“Tomorrow I’ll throw off a mound for the eighth time and I’ve had no issues,” Billingsley said during a radio interview yesterday, via Ken Gurnick of MLB.com. “It’s just like any other offseason. I’ve had no issues, no setbacks. Everything is looking good going into spring training.”

For now it looks like rest, rehab, and platelet-rich plasma injections instead of Tommy John surgery was the right call, but partially torn elbow ligaments tend not to just go away and he’ll definitely remain a question mark for a while.

Of course, the Dodgers are well-prepared for a potential Billingsley absence because they’ve stockpiled the most starting pitching depth in the league.

  1. irishdodger - Feb 1, 2013 at 11:27 PM

    Bust

  2. losanginsight - Feb 2, 2013 at 12:12 AM

    Bills is a trooper

  3. gloccamorra - Feb 2, 2013 at 6:13 PM

    This will be a test of my crackpot theory that enhanced technology is causing doctors to see transient damage that heals itself, and recommend unneeded Tommy John surgery. Those high definition imaging tests are expensive, so the best way to check, one test of a pitcher at the end of the season and again in spring training, isn’t done. There has to be a better reason for the explosion of TJ surgery than young pitchers suffering such damage with lighter workloads than pitchers in the past.

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