Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:26:25 -0700
Los Angeles Dodgers SP Chad Billingsley (elbow) is dealing with some tendinitis, and he will be slowed down as he rehabs from Tommy John surgery. There is no problem with Billingsley's surgically repaired ligament.
Tue, 15 Apr 2014 17:08:53 -0700
Los Angeles Dodgers SP Chad Billingsley (elbow) had his bullpen session cut short Tuesday, April 15, due to pain, and he's returning to Los Angeles for tests.
Fantasy Tip: Setbacks are common for pitchers returning from Tommy John surgery, but it remains to be seen how serious this issue is. There's little hope that Billingsley will return to full form in 2013.
Tue, 08 Apr 2014 18:23:40 -0700
Updating a previous report, Los Angeles Dodgers SP Chad Billingsley (elbow) said Tuesday, April 8, that he has been told the sensation in his elbow during his minor-league rehab start Saturday, April 5, was scar tissue coming loss, and nothing worrisome.
Mon, 07 Apr 2014 05:33:42 -0700
Los Angeles Dodgers SP Chad Billingsley (elbow) felt a sensation in his elbow during his rehab start Sunday, April 6. Tests came back negative, but he will probably not make his next rehab start next weekend.
Fri, 04 Apr 2014 13:25:54 -0700
Los Angeles Dodgers SP Chad Billingsley (elbow) will pitch in a minor league game for Single-A Rancho Cucamonga Sunday, April 6, and said he could be back in early May after five scheduled rehab outings. "I feel good, I'm progressing well and hopefully it stays that way," said Billingsley. "Getting close. Right now I'm progressing with each start. I'm using this as a spring training, fine-tuning mechanics and working on my pitches. When I feel ready and they feel I'm ready, I'll be back. Guys have this surgery all the time. Nothing new."
Fantasy Tip: Billingsley should have a spot in the rotation if he returns in early May, since Clayton Kershaw (back) won't be back by then. However, setbacks for patients returning from Tommy John surgery are common, especially for starters.
Mon, 24 Mar 2014 09:17:49 -0700
The Los Angeles Dodgers placed OF Matt Kemp (ankle) and SPs Josh Beckett (thumb) and Chad Billingsley (elbow) on the 15-day disabled list over the weekend.
Fri, 21 Mar 2014 14:09:23 -0700
Los Angeles Dodgers SP Chad Billingsley (elbow) faced hitters for the first time Friday, March 21, since having Tommy John surgery in a 15-pitch live batting practice session. OF Matt Kemp (ankle) was one of the hitters he faced. Billingsley expects to throw a few more live sessions and is on track to make at least five minor league rehab appearances beginning April 6. "My arm felt good, so that's definitely good, especially being the first time going full bore with the heater and the first time throwing a hard curveball and changeups," Billingsley said. "I was a little rusty, but I was very pleased with the curveball. The timing was a little off, but I threw some good pitches, and overall, I'm pretty pleased with it."
Fantasy Tip: Billingsley will become a rotation option for the Dodgers in mid- to late-May. Candidates returning from TJS, especially starters, typically suffer from a drop in velocity and other setbacks on the come-back trail, however. Investing in Billingsley in 2015 is smarter.
Fri, 14 Mar 2014 13:44:20 -0700
Los Angeles Dodgers SP Chad Billingsley (elbow) will throw a bullpen session this weekend, and he could start a minor league rehab assignment in April.
Fri, 14 Mar 2014 10:20:58 -0700
The Los Angeles Dodgers' fifth rotation spot isn't sealed up yet with SP Chad Billingsley (elbow) returning from Tommy John surgery and SP Josh Beckett (thumb) dinged up. SP Paul Maholm went only 2 2/3 frames Thursday, March 13, and allowed six runs on six hits on a pair of home runs. Maholm will likely be in the bullpen if he cannot beat out Beckett for the final spot. Los Angeles won't need a fifth starter until the middle of April, however. SPs Stephen Fife and Seth Rosin may be options for the rotation if Beckett or Maholm don't work out.
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.