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As reported by Bill Plunkett at sulia.com, the Dodgers could have cleared a roster spot for shortstop Erisbel Arruebarrena by placing Billingsley on the 60-day DL. They did so with Scott Elbert, who is also recovering from Tommy John surgery. Instead, they opted to designated Justin Sellers for assignment. Speculation is that the Dodgers think Billingsley may be ready to pitch in less than 60 days, putting his return somewhere around early to middle of May. General Manager Ned Colletti made that point fairly clear.
"We're not prepared yet to put a timetable exceeding 60 days on Chad."Although Billingsley is only throwing 45 pitches, in three 15-pitch sets in the bullpen, he is doing so without setbacks.
Billingsley was the Dodgers' first-round draft pick in 2003. He made his Major League debut on June 15, 2006. He had six consecutive seasons with ten or more wins from 2007 through 2012. In 219 career games, Billingsley is 81-61 with a 3.65 ERA. He was limited to two games last season and was 1-0 with a 3.00 ERA.