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The right hander, who missed the final month of last season with a partially torn ligament in his right elbow, might be able to avoid offseason Tommy John surgery and be ready to pitch for the Dodgers in 2013.
Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Chad Billingsley was placed on the 60-day DL on Wednesday due to a partial tear in the ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) of his throwing arm, and now hopes that rest and rehabilitation will help him avoid off-season surgery.
When asked by reporters about the injury, Billingsley was obviously not excited about it, but was optimistic that a pair of platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections last Thursday and today would help expedite the healing process in his right arm:
"There was an outside chance I would be able to get back, it wasn't very good, but I was able to hold onto that. The night they told me [I was shut down], I thought, 'Crap.' We're in a September race with a chance to make the playoffs. You always want to be a part of it, but now I have to sit and watch."
"They say it has a chance to heal, and the PRP injection should help it recover. I'm keeping my fingers crossed."
Billingsley won't touch a baseball for the next two weeks, but will do some throwing after that to see if he is healing up or if surgery will be necessary. His last outing came on Aug. 24, 2012, lasting just 3.1 innings before being removed with soreness in his elbow.
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The Los Angeles Dodgers have decided to end the season of Chad Billingsley, sending him down to the 60-day disabled list today. The right-handed pitcher has had trouble with right elbow pain and hasn't pitched since August 24th. He's gone 10-9 in 25 starts but has also won his last six decisions, posting a 3.55 ERA overall. Billingsley would have returned in a relief role.
To make up for his loss, the Dodgers have brought up left-handed reliever Steven Rodriguez from Double-A Chattanooga. Rodriguez has five saves with a 0.92 ERA in 21 relief appearances. He was selected in the second round with the 82nd pick by the Dodgers out of the University of Florida and has pitched lights out at Chattanooga, allowing a batting average of .149 and striking out 22 over 13.2 innings.
Don Mattingly indicates that Billingsley will receiving an injection of platelet-rich plasma in his right elbow, and his return this season is unlikely.
Chad Billingsley will receive a second injection of platelet-rich plasma into his right elbow on Wednesday, but it doesn't sound like the starting pitcher will return to the Los Angeles Dodgers anytime soon.
Billingsley left his start on Aug. 24 early with a sore elbow, and was placed on the disabled list the next day with right elbow inflammation. The injury hasn't improved, even with an initial PRP injection late last week. Billingsley hasn't thrown a baseball in the last 11 days as a precaution.
Manager Don Mattingly said on Tuesday that he was planning as if Billingsley wouldn't be able to pitch for the rest of the season.
"It's hard to think we're going to get Billingsley back for anything major at all," Mattingly said.
But what about pitching in the bullpen as a possibility for Billingsley if he wasn't able to start?
"It seems like that's going down the tubes," Mattingly said.
Billingsley on Monday was anxious to return this year, but also mindful of his long-term health.
"These last 10 days have been the most boring time that I've ever had, just doing treatment all the time," he said. "I want to be out there and pitch, but I can't try to pick up a ball. If my arm goes then I'm out for 10-12 months."
Billingsley is 10-9 with a 3.55 ERA in 25 starts this season.
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It is becoming increasingly more likely that the Los Angeles Dodgers will not have Chad Billingsley make another start for them this season. The right-handed pitcher has been out 10 days with right elbow inflammation and still hasn't thrown a baseball, under doctor's orders.
"These last 10 days have been the most boring time that I've ever had, just doing treatment all the time. I want to be out there and pitch, but I can't try to pick up a ball. If my arm goes then I'm out for 10-12 months.," Billingsley said on Monday.
If Billingsley is cleared to start throwing soon, there may not be enough time left in the season for him to build back up his arm strength to be able to start. Which means a bullpen role could be in store for Billingsley, if he is able to return at all.
"The longer it goes, even if he starts throwing, the likelihood of seeing him again this season gets lower and lower," said manager Don Mattingly.
For now Billingsley waits, as he will meet with team physician Dr. Neal ElAttrache later this week to determine whether or not a second injection of platelet-rich plasma is needed.
"The best thing for my elbow right now is getting rest. Getting the inflammation out. That's what they're doing with all the ice, and the treatment. Just letting it heal," Billingsley said. "I still want to be smart about it, but I also want to get back."
There are 26 games left in the regular season after Monday.
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As a last-ditch effort to see if he could be able to pitch again this season, Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Chad Billingsley received an injection of platelet-rich plasma in his right elbow Thursday, Aug. 30, according to MLB.com.
"If he's able to throw after this, he's not finished and if that's the case, he'll start a throwing program," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. "If not, there's a different plan. We're trying to see if this helps. It could be something that ends up more than that."
Billingsley was moved to the disabled list last Saturday with "inflammation" in his right elbow. The Dodgers have not announced the exact nature of Billingsley's injury, but PRP injections are typically used for tears in tendons or ligaments or for treating osteoarthritis, according to MLB.com.
Dodgers CEO Stan Kasten told The Los Angeles Times in an interview Wednesday he feared Billingsley would be lost for the season. He later clarified his comments as "not based on medical evidence."
Before going down with an injury, Billingsley had gone 10-9 with a 3.55 ERA this season. His last seven starts, in particular, were impressive, as he racked up a 6-0 record and a 1.80 ERA.
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The Los Angeles Dodgers have sent pitcher Chad Billingsley to the disabled list with pain in his right elbow. Billingsley left during the fourth inning of Friday's game against the Miami Marlins with his team up 6-3 (a game the Dodgers would win 11-4).
An MRI on the elbow last night showed inflammation. Today, Dodgers' general manager Ned Coletti said, "You can't look at our rotation and tell me we don't need Josh Beckett." Beckett is set to make his first start for the Dodgers on Monday.
The injury could be of some concern for Dodgers fans, as this Billingsley hit the DL in mid-July with similar problems. Billingsley is 10-9 with a 3.55 ERA so far this season. In 149.2 innings pitched, he has struck out 128 batters while walking just 45.
The Los Angeles Dodgers are mulling over placing Chad Billingsley on the disabled list to make room for newly acquired Josh Beckett and Nick Punto. The 28-year-old right-hander left his start against the Miami Marlins after just 3 1/3 innings with pain in his right elbow. General manager Ned Colletti mentioned in the press conference to announce the blockbuster nine-player deal with the Boston Red Sox that Billingsley may be missing extended time.
SB Nation's Eric Stephens was at the press conference and reported this via his twitter account:
Dodgers need to make two roster moves to activate Punto & Beckett, so Billingsley decision will be made before tonight's game— Eric Stephen (@truebluela) August 25, 2012
Los Angeles Dodgers GM Ned Colleti announced that Chad Billingsley may be missing time after injuring his right elbow.