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Friday, April 18, 2014

Dodgers' Chad Billingsley (elbow) - MRI shows only tendinitis

By on 4/18/2014 10:00:00 AM

The Los Angeles Dodgers, leading the NL West at 10-6, had a scare yesterday when Chad Billingsley—who is recovering from April 2013 Tommy John surgery—felt something happen during a bullpen session on Tuesday.

However, Ken Gurnick of reports that an MRI revealed the right hander "has tendinitis in his right elbow, but no further ligament damage." Billingsley's rehab has not gone smoothly since he left his first rehab start in the second inning ten days ago. "We're going to slow him down a little bit, but it's good news," manager Don Mattingly said. There is no timetable for when Billingsley will resume throwing off a mound.

Chad Billingsley in March 2014
(Photo by WKnight94 via Wiki Commons)
Billingsley, 28, was the Dodgers' first-round draft pick in 2003, making his debut on June 15, 2006, at age 21. Before going down with a torn elbow ligament after two starts in April of 2013, he had been a reliable member of the Dodgers' rotation for seven years, compiling an 80-61 record with an ERA of 3.66 (ERA+ 110).

Billingsley is signed to a 3-year $35 million contract through 2014 ($14 million team option for 2015, $3 million buyout).

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