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Dodgers' Chad Billingsley could be ready by mid-May


By on 2/23/2014 11:00:00 AM

The Los Angeles Dodgers won 92 games last season in large part to an excellent pitching staff which had a team ERA of 3.25. Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke and Hyun-Jin Ryu head the staff with Dan Haren, Josh Beckett, Paul Maholm and Chad Billingsley looking to fight for the final two spots in the rotation.  An interesting roster move may indicate that Billingsley, who is recovering from Tommy John surgery, could be ready by mid-May.



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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.

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