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More elbow problems halt Chad Billingsley’s comeback from Tommy John surgery

Jun 12, 2014, 9:20 AM EDT

Chad Billingsley AP

As of last week Dodgers right-hander Chad Billingsley was making steady progress in his recovery from Tommy John surgery, but his minor-league rehab assignment has been shut down after he complained of elbow soreness.

Billingsley underwent surgery 14 months ago and had been talking about possibly rejoining the Dodgers in early July, with speculation about what his role would be given their rotation depth. Now that’s a moot point, at least for a while, and the Dodgers will wait to hear if the news is bad enough to derail his comeback.

Before the injury Billingsley was a very solid mid-rotation starter for the Dodgers, posting a 3.66 ERA in 1,163 innings from 2006-2012, but his rehab from Tommy John surgery has now been halted on two different occasions.

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  1. dodgeblue - Jun 12, 2014 at 12:07 PM

    At this rate the Dodgers probably need to consider 2015. What a waste.

    • notsofast10 - Jun 12, 2014 at 3:20 PM

      Very sad, but what are you referring to as a waste. The Dr’s say TJ surgery is not full proof. I hope that Chad is not one that does not make it back.

    • tuberippin - Jun 13, 2014 at 4:41 AM

      Dodgers need to consider plenty of things.

      Bringing back Billingsley for 2015 and changing his return date to then, pending examination.

      Trading Ethier.
      Trading Crawford.
      Trading Kemp? (Good luck)
      Getting rid of Brian Wilson.
      Getting rid of Paul Maholm.
      Getting rid of Chone Figgins.
      Acquiring bullpen help.
      Acquiring help behind the plate.
      Acquiring bench help to platoon with Adrian Gonzalez (.162/.241/.230 vs. LHP).

      and with this news, probably some starter depth of a higher quality than Paul Maholm.

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