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Chad Billingsley | Starting Pitcher

Team: Los Angeles Dodgers
Age / DOB:  (29) / 7/29/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 240
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Chad Billingsley is dealing with tendinitis in his right elbow.
The good news is that there's no ligament damage in the elbow. Billingsley had a bullpen session Tuesday cut short due to discomfort in the elbow. He'll be backed off from his throwing program, so obviously his timetable for return moves back as well. It's unclear what that timetable looks like right now. Apr 16 - 8:26 PM

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Chad Billingsley has been sent for a dye-MRI on his right elbow after a bullpen session Tuesday was cut short due to renewed discomfort.

It's the second setback he's had recently, as Billingsley felt something in his elbow just over a week ago during his first rehab start. He was cleared of any structural damage the first time around, but the Dodgers are injecting dye into his elbow this time to get a better look. Obviously the odds of him returning as hoped in early May are totally up in the air.
Apr 15 - 7:13 PM

Chad Billingsley (elbow) has been cleared to throw his first bullpen session on Tuesday.

He has been throwing on flat ground throughout the weekend without any difficulty. He's still striving to return in the early part of May, and as long as he avoids any setbacks, that timetable could be realistic.
Apr 13 - 4:34 PM

Chad Billingsley has been told that the pain he felt in his right elbow during his first rehab start Sunday is simply scar tissue coming loose.

It's a pretty coming thing for pitchers coming back from Tommy John surgery. Billingsley will rest for a few days before being examined to see if he can resume throwing. It's a minor setback that could push back his timetable slightly but isn't anything to worry about over the long haul.
Apr 8 - 7:08 PM

Chad Billingsley felt "a sensation" in his elbow during his first minor league rehab start on Sunday.

He underwent a series of tests after being removed from the game and checked out fine, but he will likely be held out of his next scheduled start for precautionary reasons. That would push back his timeline to return to the Dodgers until mid-May, as he's expected to need five rehab starts to build up his arm strength.
Apr 6 - 11:37 PM

Chad Billingsley (elbow) worked an inning-plus during his first rehab start for High-A Rancho Cucamonga on Sunday.

He had been scheduled to go one inning or 20-25 pitches, and after he cruised through the first inning he came on to throw another 10 pitches in the second. He walked off with the trainer in the second inning, but it's unclear if that was injury related, or simply him reaching the intended pitch count. He is expected to build up his strength with five rehab starts, and won't be a candidate to rejoin the Dodgers rotation until May at the earliest.
Apr 6 - 5:35 PM

Chad Billingsley (elbow) will begin a rehab assignment with High-A Rancho Cucamonga on Sunday.

The plan is for him to make five rehab starts, which would put him on pace to return in early May if all goes well. That timetable would likely put him ahead of Clayton Kershaw (back), who is expected to be out of action for at least another month. Billingsley had Tommy John surgery in late April of last year.
Apr 4 - 12:25 PM

Dodgers placed RHP Chad Billingsley on the 15-day disabled list with a right elbow injury.

Billingsley is still making his way back from Tommy John surgery. He's been throwing off a mound for a while and could be an option for the Dodgers sometime in May.
Mar 30 - 11:42 AM

Chad Billingsley (elbow) is aiming to rejoin the Dodgers' rotation in early May.

He had Tommy John surgery in late April last year, so it's a realistic target. However, as Billingsley noted himself, he hasn't even thrown to hitters yet and thus is a long ways away. The right-hander reached 91 mph during a bullpen session Wednesday and said his arm is feeling better every day.
Mar 7 - 11:39 AM

Chad Billingsley (elbow) reached 91 mph during a bullpen session Wednesday.

The Dodgers' trainer instructed Billingsley to try not to exceed 85 mph during the session, but the righty went beyond that and felt good. "My arm feels better than it did a week ago when I started throwing breaking balls," said Billingsley. "I think throwing harder has helped me get extension and loosened up the flexor muscles." The right-hander is hoping to be available for the Dodgers around midseason.
Mar 6 - 6:23 PM

Chad Billingsley said he felt normal soreness in his surgically-repaired right elbow after throwing breaking balls in Saturday's bullpen session.

It was expected after throwing breaking pitches for the first time in 10 months. Billingsley will throw another bullpen session on Tuesday. The right-hander is hoping to be available for the Dodgers around midseason.
Mar 2 - 11:08 AM

Chad Billingsley (elbow) will begin throwing breaking balls on Saturday.

Billingsley has already throwing off the mound a bunch of times, but incorporating breaking balls into the mix is a nice step. He's expected to be ready to rejoin the Dodgers around midseason.
Feb 28 - 1:04 PM

Barry Bloom of reports that Chad Billingsley (elbow) has already thrown off a mound 10 times this offseason as he recovers from Tommy John surgery.

They are still taking things cautiously with the 29-year-old right-hander, as he's been held to no more than 85 MPH during the bullpen sessions, but any step in the right direction is progress. With the Dodgers possibly inking Paul Maholm on Saturday, the team can afford to play it safe and not rush Billingsley back, risking re-injury. He's expected to be ready to rejoin the team around mid-season.
Feb 8 - 12:13 PM

Chad Billingsley's agent, Dave Stewart, said that his client is "coming along great" after Tommy John surgery and could be back in the majors by the start of May.

Billingsley underwent surgery last April after attempting to rehab a torn ulnar collateral ligament. The Dodgers haven't been nearly as precise in a potential timetable for his return, as general manager Ned Colletti has only said that they expect him back at some point during the first half, but May or June sounds like a reasonable guess if he can avoid setbacks.
Jan 21 - 3:46 PM

Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti said Monday that Chad Billingsley (elbow) is expected back before the All-Star break next season.

Billingsley attempted to pitch through a torn ulnar collateral ligament in the early part of 2013, but eventually elected to have Tommy John surgery and a bone spur shaved down in late April. He could provide a nice boost to the Dodgers' rotation once he's ready to go.
Mon, Dec 9, 2013 05:00:00 PM

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