LOS ANGELES CA - JULY 21: Chad Billingsley #58 of the Los Angeles Dodgers throws a pitch against the San Francisco Giants on July 21 2010 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles California. Billingsley pitched a complete game shutout as the Dodgers won 2-0. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Chad Billingsley Out For Season With Partially Torn UCL

Billingsley was 6-0 with a 1.80 ERA in his last seven starts since coming off his last DL stint.

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Billingsley encouraged after throwing off mound

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.


Chad Billingsley Injury: Dodgers P To Receive 2nd PRP Injection

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.

For more on the Dodgers, check out True Blue LA.


Chad Billingsley Injury: Pitcher Sent To DL With Right Elbow Pain

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.

For more news and notes on Billingsley and the Dodgers, be sure to read True Blue LA and stay tuned to SB Nation Los Angeles.


Chad Billingsley Injury Update: Disabled List A Possibility To Make Room For Josh Beckett

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:

Stay tuned to this stream for updates on Billingsley's injury. For more on the Dodgers, head over to True Blue LA. For all things Major League Baseball, make a visit to Baseball Nation.

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