Chad Billingsley injury: Dodgers RHP ready to rejoin rotation

Jeff Gross

Los Angeles Dodgers right-hander Chad Billingsley should be ready to rejoin the team's starting rotation sometime in April.

Los Angeles Dodgers right-hander Chad Billingsley should be ready to rejoin the team's starting rotation sometime in April, according to Eric Stephen of SB Nation.

Billingsley has been hampered by a finger injury recently that he sustained while attempting to bunt during a minor league contest. The right-hander threw 96 pitches over six innings against the Milwaukee Brewers Triple-A affiliate Friday night, allowing four hits and one walk while tallying six strikeouts.

Dodgers manager Don Mattingly told reporters that Billingsley remains in his starting rotation, but it's unclear when he'll make his regular season debut. Los Angeles doesn't need a fifth starter until Apr. 13, but Billingsley could be used as early as April 7. He's expected to be placed on the DL -- retroactive to Apr. 6.

Billingsley was limited to 25 starts last season due to a partial tear of his UCL ligament. The 28-year-old maintained an ERA of 3.55 over 149 2/3 innings with a strikeout-to-walk ratio of 2.84.

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