The Dodgers on Monday activated starting pitcher Chad Billingsley from the 15-day disabled list to start the series opener in St. Louis against the Cardinals. The hurler had missed one start with right elbow inflammation. To make room for Billingsley on the active roster the Dodgers optioned relief pitcher Josh Wall to Triple A Albuquerque.
Billingsley was slated to start July 15 against San Diego but was scratched with elbow soreness. A pair of MRI exams revealed right elbow inflammation, which caused Billingsley to miss one start. He last started on July 7, before the All-Star break.
Wall, a Triple A All-Star with Albuquerque this season, was recalled by the Dodgers on July 14 but he didn't get into a game until Sunday. Wall pitched a scoreless 11th inning in his major league debut and picked up the win against the Mets.
"As long as I've envisioned it, it has been in a situation like that, coming in with the game on the line. I was glad I could get in there and do well," Wall said on Sunday. "Being here for a few days got me settled down, got the nerves settled down, and got the butterflies out of the way."