Thu, 06 Mar 2014 13:55:57 -0800
Los Angeles Dodgers SP Chad Billingsley (elbow) reportedly hit 91 mph on the radar gun during his bullpen Wednesday, March 5. "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." He looks to be on track to return sometime in May, and he expects to throw a few more bullpens before facing live hitters.
Sun, 02 Mar 2014 11:38:32 -0800
Los Angeles Dodgers SP Chad Billingsley (elbow) said he experienced minor elbow soreness Sunday, March 2, one day after throwing curveballs during a bullpen session. However, he said he felt better after having treatment and was scheduled to play light catch Sunday. Billingsley will incorporate cut fastballs into his repertoire during his next bullpen session Tuesday, March 4.
Sat, 01 Mar 2014 11:55:44 -0800
Los Angeles Dodgers SP Chad Billingsley (elbow) threw fastballs, curveballs and changeups in a bullpen session Saturday, March 1, and expects to throw cutters during his next session. He has not yet experienced any setbacks.
Fri, 28 Feb 2014 17:38:29 -0800
Los Angeles Dodgers SP Chad Billingsley (elbow) said he will throw breaking balls Saturday, March 1, for the first time since undergoing Tommy John surgery.
Mon, 24 Feb 2014 11:45:37 -0800
Los Angeles Dodgers SP Chad Billingsley (elbow), who is coming back from Tommy John surgery, thinks he could return to action before mid-May. "The rehab has been going great so far. The arm is feeling good. It feels like I have a new arm, really. The elbow started bugging me back in 2008 and it was a gradual deterioration from there, so it's nice to wake up in the morning and not feel like it's stiff and sore. It's a different feeling than I've felt in a long time. It's nice to throw without pain," he said. Billingsley has thrown off a mound 14 times this spring, and he's kept his fastball at 80-85 mph at doctor's orders. He hopes to start throwing breaking pitches this week.
Fantasy Tip: Billingsley could become a midseason option for the Dodgers' rotation and a waiver wire addition if there is an injury in the rotation. If not, they could use him out of the bullpen.
Tue, 28 Jan 2014 16:50:14 -0800
Los Angeles Dodgers SP Zach Lee is ready to make a run at a rotation spot this year, despite the fact that the Dodgers are expected to have a full rotation if SPs Josh Beckett (shoulder) and Chad Billingsley (elbow) return in good health. "I'm trying to win a job, striving to get here as soon as I can. If I pitch well and control what I can control, the opportunity will present itself not far down the road. There are contractual issues, but if you outperform people, there will be a spot for you," Lee said. Scouts are projecting Lee to be a middle-of-the-rotation prospect, and he's currently ranked 63rd on MLB.com's Top-100 list for prospects.
Tue, 21 Jan 2014 12:29:52 -0800
Dave Stewart, the agent for Los Angeles Dodgers SP Chad Billingsley (elbow), said his client is "coming along great" and could be back in the majors in early May.
Wed, 08 Jan 2014 21:04:28 -0800
Los Angeles Dodgers SP Chad Billingsley (elbow) continues to recover from Tommy John surgery, and he might be ready as early as June, according to general manager Ned Colletti.
Mon, 16 Sep 2013 20:31:37 -0700
Los Angeles Dodgers SP Chad Billingsley (elbow) is four weeks into a throwing program, and he is pleased with his progress. "My arm probably hasn't felt this good since high school," Billingsley said Monday, Sept. 16. "When you're a teenager you pick up a ball and just start throwing, not worrying about having to loosen up. That's how it feels now for the first time since I was in my teens. I'm really happy with how it feels and the way it's going."
Fri, 10 May 2013 15:07:41 -0700
The Los Angeles Dodgers recalled OF Scott Van Slyke from the minors Friday, May 10, and optioned INF Elian Herrera in a corresponding move. Also, SP Chad Billingsley (elbow) was moved to the 60-day disabled list.
Fantasy Tip: Van Slyke didn't turn any heads in his major league debut last year, but he has some pop in his stick. He has shown solid plate discipline at the minors' top level, but it remains to be seen if he can beat major league pitchers regularly. He'll likely serve as depth with Carl Crawford continuing to battle nagging injuries.