DENVER, CO - JUNE 10: Starting pitcher Chad Billingsley #58 of the Los Angeles Dodgers looks on from the dugout prior to facing the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on June 10, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. Billingsley collected the loss as the Rockies defeated the Dodgers 6-5. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
Chad Billingsley has been officially shut down for the season with a partial tear in his ulnar collateral ligament and he has been transferred to the 60-day disabled list to create a spot on the roster.
The Dodgers had hoped that Billingsley, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list early last week with elbow inflammation, could at least return to the bullpen later this month. Now, even a return for the 2013 season looks hazy. The 28-year-old received a second platelet-rich plasma injection yesterday and could face Tommy John surgery if the partial tear shows no improvement in the coming weeks.
Billingsley has not picked up a baseball and does not plan to for another four to five weeks. Once that time has passed he will attempt to start a throwing regimen, which will quickly determine whether he needs offseason surgery.
The big right-hander started twenty-five games for the Dodgers this season, posting a 3.35 ERA and 7.7 K/9 in one hundred forty-nine and a third innings of work. Billingsley is in the first year of a three year, $35 million contract that includes a $14 million club option for the 2015 season.
The newly-acquired Josh Beckett will take over the No. 2 spot in the Dodgers' rotation in Billingsley's absence.