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Dodgers | Chad Billingsley throws curveballs

Los Angeles Dodgers SP Chad Billingsley (finger) threw 96 pitches in a minor-league game Friday, March 29, and he was able to throw the curve ball with no problems to his right index fingernail. He is expected to re-join the team Saturday, March 30, in Southern California. "There are a couple of issues with Bills. Making sure he's ready is one. The nail is one. But the biggest issue is any kind of small changes messing with that elbow," manager Don Mattingly said. "That's our biggest concern with him, making sure we're not putting him in a bad spot."

Fantasy Tip: The Dodgers technically do not need a fifth starter until April 13, the team's 11th game of the regular season. However, Billingsley could be plugged into the rotation earlier, perhaps as soon as April 7. Still, he is too risky for fantasy owners to consider, as he could be placed on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to March 22, and then sent to extended spring training. That would give fantasy owners a big, fat zero in the first week. Play it safe.

2013-03-29 19:43:03 | Source: TrueBlueLA.com - Eric Stephen

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