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Chad Billingsley ready to rejoin Dodgers’ rotation

Mar 29, 2013, 11:00 PM EDT

Chad Billingsley AP

Dodgers right-hander Chad Billingsley should be ready to rejoin the rotation early in April. Eric Stephen, at SB Nation’s Dodgers blog True Blue LA, notes that Billingsley tossed six-plus strong innings in a Minor League game tonight, showing that he has overcome a fingernail injury sustained while attempting a bunt.

Stephen also notes:

Manager Don Mattingly said Billingsley remains in his starting rotation, but it will just be a matter of when. The Dodgers don’t technically need a fifth starter until Apr. 13, their 11th game of the season. But Billingsley could be mixed into the rotation earlier, perhaps as early as Apr. 7.

Billingsley landed on the disabled list in late August last season due to a partial tear of the UCL ligament. Prior to that, he had posted a 3.55 ERA in 149.2 innings.

  1. senioreditor2 - Mar 30, 2013 at 12:51 AM

    what are the chances his elbow holds up all season……i’d guess he’ll be on the dl by mothers day.

  2. tablescrappy - Mar 30, 2013 at 2:41 AM

    Can’t imagine that ligament will hold up for long if it’s already torn. Mother’s Day is a fair guess. For his sake and the Dodgers’, I hope he makes it through multiple seasons before he has to visit Dr. Andrews.

  3. manchestermiracle - Mar 30, 2013 at 11:22 AM

    Ligaments do heal without surgery. One must assume Chad got the necessary tests (musculoskeletal ultrasound or MRI, etc.) and has been medically cleared.

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