The Los Angeles Dodgers have placed their third starting pitcher on the disabled list in the past nine days; the latest injury victim is Chad Billingsley, who joins Chris Capuano and Zack Greinke on the DL.
Billingsley felt tightness and pain in the elbow following his bullpen session, the team announced to the media. The veteran will return to Los Angeles on Tuesday to undergo further evaluation.
The right-handed pitcher missed the final month of last season with a partially torn ligament in his elbow. Billingsley received injections of plasma and underwent rehab instead of surgery, which would have caused him to miss all of 2013. The 28 year-old starter said that he is unsure if his injury will require Tommy John surgery.
Billingsley has pitched well in his first two starts of the season, as he has a 3.00 ERA after 12 innings. Los Angeles called up Stephen Fife to replace Billingsley in the rotation. Fife made five starts for the Dodgers last season, and finished the season with a 2.70 ERA in 26.2 innings.