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Chad Billingsley wants to start for the Dodgers, but is there room for him?

May 30, 2014, 11:19 AM EDT

Chad Billingsley AP

Last month Dodgers right-hander Chad Billingsley had to stop his minor-league rehab assignment for Tommy John surgery due to a setback, but he returned to the mound yesterday by throwing a simulated game.

Steve Dilbeck of the Los Angeles Times reports that Billingsley will throw at least one more simulated game before trying another minor-league rehab stint, but he generally seemed pleased with how things are going:

My arm is feeling really good right now and I’m real happy the way it responded. It’s not throbbing or anything like that. It wasn’t really fatigued after throwing 30 pitches, so it’s definitely responding very well right now.

Billingsley hasn’t been healthy and effective since 2012, but before the elbow problems he was a very effective mid-rotation starter for the Dodgers with a 3.66 ERA in 1,163 innings from 2006-2012. Because of that success Billingsley understandably wants to return to the majors as a starter, saying: “If they had some other thing [in mind], why would I be doing multiple innings?”

However, right now there’s no clear spot for him in a Dodgers rotation that includes Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke, Dan Haren, Hyun-Jin Ryu, and Josh Beckett.

  1. notsofast10 - May 30, 2014 at 11:26 AM

    Too many starters and no room in the rotation? Good Problem to have!

  2. rbts2014 - May 30, 2014 at 11:27 AM

    If it were me, Billingsley would be part of a modified 6 man rotation – Kershaw going every 5th day, everyone else on a day or so longer rest because of being bumped for Kershaw, until someone eventually goes down and makes it a 5-man rotation again.

    • dinofrank60 - May 30, 2014 at 3:11 PM

      That’s something to consider, thinking out of the box. They had no problems last year with the six man rotation.

      • moosehog - May 30, 2014 at 4:53 PM

        Yes, because Mattingly always thinks outside the box.

  3. senioreditor2 - May 30, 2014 at 11:50 AM

    No problem, the Dodgers are a team of paper lions. Someone will go on the dl soon.

    • dinofrank60 - May 30, 2014 at 3:14 PM

      This usually solves Coletti’s problems. Too many pitchers, somebody will get hurt. Too many outfielders, somebody will get hurt. It’s almost as if he expects this to happen and it happens enough where he doesn’t get caught. Yet.

    • notsofast10 - May 30, 2014 at 4:44 PM

      Well it is not just the Dodgers, check the books at Dr. Andrews office and you will see that it is spread thru the entire league.

  4. ijusth - May 30, 2014 at 12:03 PM

    with Withrow going down the question now may become who can be the long reliever. Billingsley or Haren. You certainly aren’t touching any of the other 4 guys. While Haren didn’t pitch badly last gamr a #5 is always at the tail end. Unfortunately League picked like League and cocked up a hold and ended up getting the loss.

    • nvpuckstopper27 - May 30, 2014 at 12:16 PM

      I’d put Haren in the pen. He’s giving up too many long balls every game lately. I believe he gave up two in each of his last two starts.

    • moosehog - May 30, 2014 at 4:55 PM

      I guess Beckett can’t lose his rotation spot anytime soon due to the no hitter, even if it was warranted.

  5. nvpuckstopper27 - May 30, 2014 at 12:14 PM

    If Haren keeps giving up the long ball, I wouldn’t mind seeing Billingsley replace him in the rotation after the All Star break.

  6. zdravit - May 30, 2014 at 1:31 PM

    Beckett is the ULTIMATE TRADE CHIP. His suitors will be numerous.

    • moosehog - May 30, 2014 at 4:57 PM

      Ya, I’m sure teams are going to be fighting to pay $16mil per year for a #5 starter.

      • koufaxmitzvah - May 30, 2014 at 5:13 PM

        If by #5 starter you mean a guy with a 2.43 ERA then I guess the answer is There Just Might Be.

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