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Chad Billingsley hits disabled list with more elbow trouble

Apr 21, 2013, 10:30 AM EDT

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Chad Billingsley was scheduled to start for the Dodgers in Sunday afternoon’s series finale at Camden Yards. But that’s not going to happen.

Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times reports that Billingsley has been placed on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to April 16, with discomfort in his pitching elbow. Stephen Fife has been recalled from Triple-A Albuquerque in a corresponding roster move and will make the start against Baltimore.

Billingsley opted for platelet-rich plasma treatment over Tommy John surgery when he was diagnosed last year with a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament. Now he’ll probably be forced to reconsider.

The Dodgers opened the season with a surplus of starting pitching. But that surplus is gone.

  1. mikeincmn - Apr 21, 2013 at 10:40 AM

    I know Aaron Harang is no great shakes, far from it, but it makes trading him for a 36 year old back up catcher who cant even beat out Yorvit Torrealba for a job even worse.

  2. paperlions - Apr 21, 2013 at 10:47 AM

    This isn’t really unexpected, is it? Pretty much everyone seemed to think that all he did was delay having the surgery a few months…it seems like you can try other things, but in nearly every case, one the UCL is damaged to that degree, it is just a matter of time (and usually, not very much of it) before TJS is required. I kind of figured that this was why the Dodgers were keeping their pitching depth.

  3. bigleagues - Apr 21, 2013 at 11:35 AM

    You can NEVER have a enough pitching depth.

    Now, we’re just waiting on the customary Beckett finger blister (or general malaise due to dietary considerations) to hammer this point home for good.

  4. dirtyharry1971 - Apr 21, 2013 at 1:24 PM

    How about them bluejays? 27th in batting average with a big whopping .225 team ave. 4.74 team ERA which is 27th in the league, 6 games out of first already, Can you say its going to be a long long summer in toronto? Can’t wait to see the attendance numbers go down the drain like they always do, LOL

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