Chad Billingsley done for season

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dodgersfanjeff
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LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Dodgers have known for a few days that it was unlikely Chad Billingsley would pitch again in 2012.

The next question is whether they'll see him in 2013.

The team transferred Billingsley to the 60-day disabled list Wednesday, eliminating the possibility he could return from an elbow injury this season. Doctors continue to try rehab and injections of platelet-rich plasma into the right-hander's elbow, in hopes he can avoid Tommy John surgery, which would cost Billingsley all of next season.

He should know in the coming weeks whether a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament will heal on its own or whether he'll need surgery.

"I can be optimistic," Billingsley said. "I don't want to miss a year. I don't like that."

Billingsley felt an immediate sensation of tightening in his elbow while making a pitch against the Miami Marlins on Aug. 24. He was on one of the best rolls of his career at the time, having won six consecutive starts. Billingsley, the Dodgers' No. 2 starter, was 10-9 with a 3.55 ERA in 25 starts this season.

"It stinks it happens when you're in a groove," Billingsley said. "Those don't come around very often."

The Dodgers recalled 21-year-old left-handed reliever Steven Rodriguez from Double-A Chattanooga on Wednesday.

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Never been the biggest fan of Bills, but this is definitely a huge blow. He was pitching so well the last month or so. Hopefully guys like Beckett and Capuano can step up, since we have some tough and important games with both SF and STL coming up. Would also be nice for our offense to start clicking too, lol.


dd88
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Yup exactly Jeff- now we're counting on the likes of Beckett and Blanton- two very mediocre to poor starters. Hopefully Chad will respond well to the therapy and avoid the Tommy John so we can have him back next season.


dodgersfanjeff
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Yeah Dave, it sucks having to rely on Beckett and homerun Joe. At least Capuano had a decent outing today, something that has become a rarity since the ASB. Let's hope he pitches like he did in the 1st half of the season because we will need him.


dd88
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Well Jeff- the current slide may have finished off our playoff hopes for this season. Just very disappointing considering how well the Dodgers started this season. Beckett actually has been pitching solid which is good since we have him for another year I believe. Homerun Joe- I've lost all hope for.


dodgersfanjeff
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Agreed Dave. Though we're only 1.5 games back of STL, for some reason it just seems like we're much farther behind for the 2nd wild card spot. I still like our middle of the lineup. It just seems like when they are up, our top of the order guys can't get on base, whether it be Ellis or Victorino.

Surprisingly Beckett has pitched well. Guess switching leagues has helped him, especially since he doesn't have the 95+ mph fastball anymore. It also looks like the hip specialist Clayton went to see has told me him can continue to pitch, and it won't cause anymore damage to him.

As for Blanton, good riddance when the season is up. Plus we should have Ted back next season to take his spot. I'm still hoping we can add another top end starter to our rotation though.


dd88
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^^Yeah you're right Jeff- we actually could have moved ahead of them if we had gotten the sweep. So we still have a chance to make it to the 1 game playoff if we get our act together. And the talent is there for sure.

Weird thing is how Kemp hasn't really been the same ever since we got the 2 new big bats. Maybe he's putting even more pressure on himself, where now there should be less reason to do so. But totally if we can get guys with .330+ on-base % in front of the big 4, we'd be in good shape. Speed is also a huge factor too in putting pressure on the other team, so I wouldn't mind seeing some sort of platooning situation with Dee Gordon and Mark Ellis, assuming Gordon can play second base. Interesting thing is how well we did with Dee Gordon at the beginning of the season without the 2 big bats.

I'm happy to see Beckett do well. He's going to help a lot of he can go 6 or 7 innings giving up just 2 or 3 runs. Blanton- every time he goes out it's pretty much guaranteed 4+ runs in 5 innings thanks to a couple of home runs. I swear he needs to be that guy who pitches to the batters during the home run derby.


dodgersfanjeff
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^Exactly Dave. During the last game, when Ely cam in to pitch, I knew STL had the game won. He just doesn't have the "stuff" in my opinion to be a reliever. I know we were running out of pitchers to use, so we had no choice to throw in Ely. He's kind of like the Joe Blanton of the bullpen.

It does seem like Kemp has been pressing ever since the big trade went down. Whether he was hitting ahead or behind Adrian, he started showing signs of the 07-08 Kemp, who would be chasing pitches down in the dirt. Hopefully if Gordon does get more playing time, or platooning with Ellis, he becomes more patient, so our 4 big hitters can drive him in. Plus with Gordon, we add more speed to the top of the lineup also.

I'm also hoping Becket continues to pitch well to close the season, since we will have to rely on him, since Bills is out, and we're still not sure about the status of Kershaw. With Blanton, we know it's going to be a long night for the bullpen. Lol, with Blanton pitching to the hitters in the HR derby, I don't the derby would ever end. We would see guys hitting 30+ HR's in a single round.


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