Chad Billingsley SP PHI 2 days ago

Billingsley (elbow) allowed seven runs on eight hits over five innings Saturday in his third rehab appearance with Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

Billingsley threw 78 pitches in the outing and plans to reach 90 or 95 pitches in his next start. He is expected to make two more rehab appearances before joining the Phillies rotation.

Chad Billingsley SP PHI 6 days ago

Billingsley (elbow, illness) will make his next rehab start Saturday, the Phillies' official site reports.

Billingsley was scratched from his rehab start Monday due to a stomach illness. He is scheduled to make three more starts before he joins the Phillies' rotation. That plan could change with Sean O'Sullivan hitting the disabled list Wednesday. The Phillies will go with Dustin McGowan for now, but he is better suited for a relief role.

Chad Billingsley SP PHI 7 days ago

Billingsley (elbow) did not make his scheduled rehab start Monday due to a stomach illness, the Phillies' official site reports.

Billingsley could make his next start later this week. He has a 3.24 ERA in two rehab starts with Triple-A Lehigh Valley. He is expected to join the Phillies' rotation early next month.

Chad Billingsley SP PHI 2 weeks ago

Billingsley (elbow) said the plan is for him to make three more rehab starts before joining the Phillies' rotation, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

That puts Billingsley on a schedule to join the Phillies in the first week of May. His next rehab start will come Monday or Tuesday.

Chad Billingsley SP PHI 2 weeks ago

Billingsley (elbow) tossed five innings in a rehab start with Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Wednesday, Stephen Gross of The Morning Call reports.

Billingsley was sharp Wednesday, giving up no runs on two hits and posting a 3:2 K:BB ratio. It seems likely he will throw at least once more in the minors before the Phillies consider activating him, but he is getting close to being ready to join the big league rotation.

Chad Billingsley SP PHI 2 weeks ago

Billingsley (elbow) said he felt good after making his first rehab start Friday with Triple-A Lehigh Valley, the Philadelphia Daily News reports. "Overall, I was happy with it," Billingsley said. "My curveball was good and my fastball was loose. I came out of it healthy, and that's a big plus."

Billingsley allowed three earned runs on four hits, including two home runs. He struck out four and walked one. His fastball topped out at 93 mph. He will make his next rehab start Wednesday.

Chad Billingsley SP PHI 3 weeks ago

Billingsley (elbow) is scheduled to begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Friday, MLB.com's Todd Zolecki reports.

Billingsley is on track to join the Philadelphia rotation at some point in April, but his rehab assignment will likely entail at least two or three starts. Once he's ready, he'll likely replace Sean O'Sullivan, although Jerome Williams might be in some danger if he starts slow.

Chad Billingsley SP PHI 3 weeks ago

The Phillies placed Billingsley (elbow) on the 15-day disabled list Sunday, the team's official site reports.

Billingsley is working his way back from surgery on the flexor tendon in his right arm. He is expected to join the Phillies' rotation before the end of April.

Chad Billingsley SP PHI 4 weeks ago

Billingsley (elbow) struck out one batter over three shutout innings in a minor-league game Thursday, allowing one hit and one walk, MLB.com's Todd Zolecki reports.

While Billingsley only needed 40 pitches to get through three innings, it appears he won't have a chance to make an appearance in the Grapefruit League. He'll spend time at extended spring training and/or on a rehab assignment, with late April likely still the target. So long as the rehab assignment doesn't go too poorly, Billingsley should eventually claim a spot in the Phillies' starting rotation.

Chad Billingsley SP PHI 1 month ago

Billingsley (elbow) pitched two scoreless innings Thursday in a minor league game against the Yankees' Triple-A affiliate, the Phillies' official site reports.

Billingsley said afterward that his arm feels good. He is unsure if he will pitch in another minor league game or a Grapefruit League game next. The Phillies hope he can join their rotation before the end of April.