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Chad Billingsley (elbow) is aiming to rejoin the Dodgers' rotation in early May.
He had Tommy John surgery in late April last year, so it's a realistic target. However, as Billingsley noted himself, he hasn't even thrown to hitters yet and thus is a long ways away. The right-hander reached 91 mph during a bullpen session Wednesday and said his arm is feeling better every day.
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Chad Billingsley (elbow) reached 91 mph during a bullpen session Wednesday.
The Dodgers' trainer instructed Billingsley to try not to exceed 85 mph during the session, but the righty went beyond that and felt good. "My arm feels better than it did a week ago when I started throwing breaking balls," said Billingsley. "I think throwing harder has helped me get extension and loosened up the flexor muscles." The right-hander is hoping to be available for the Dodgers around midseason.
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Chad Billingsley said he felt normal soreness in his surgically-repaired right elbow after throwing breaking balls in Saturday's bullpen session.
It was expected after throwing breaking pitches for the first time in 10 months. Billingsley will throw another bullpen session on Tuesday. The right-hander is hoping to be available for the Dodgers around midseason.
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Chad Billingsley (elbow) will begin throwing breaking balls on Saturday.
Billingsley has already throwing off the mound a bunch of times, but incorporating breaking balls into the mix is a nice step. He's expected to be ready to rejoin the Dodgers around midseason.
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Barry Bloom of MLB.com reports that Chad Billingsley (elbow) has already thrown off a mound 10 times this offseason as he recovers from Tommy John surgery.
They are still taking things cautiously with the 29-year-old right-hander, as he's been held to no more than 85 MPH during the bullpen sessions, but any step in the right direction is progress. With the Dodgers possibly inking Paul Maholm on Saturday, the team can afford to play it safe and not rush Billingsley back, risking re-injury. He's expected to be ready to rejoin the team around mid-season.
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Chad Billingsley's agent, Dave Stewart, said that his client is "coming along great" after Tommy John surgery and could be back in the majors by the start of May.
Billingsley underwent surgery last April after attempting to rehab a torn ulnar collateral ligament. The Dodgers haven't been nearly as precise in a potential timetable for his return, as general manager Ned Colletti has only said that they expect him back at some point during the first half, but May or June sounds like a reasonable guess if he can avoid setbacks.
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Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti said Monday that Chad Billingsley (elbow) is expected back before the All-Star break next season.
Billingsley attempted to pitch through a torn ulnar collateral ligament in the early part of 2013, but eventually elected to have Tommy John surgery and a bone spur shaved down in late April. He could provide a nice boost to the Dodgers' rotation once he's ready to go.
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Chad Billingsley (elbow) is four weeks into his throwing program and is "really happy" with how he feels.
Billingsley underwent Tommy John surgery in late April and also had a bone spur shaved down. "My arm probably hasn't felt this good since high school," said Billingsley. "When you're a teenager you pick up a ball and just start throwing, not worrying about having to loosen up. That's how it feels now for the first time since I was in my teens. I'm really happy with how it feels and the way it's going. They have to hold me back, it feels so good."
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Dodgers transferred RHP Chad Billingsley from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.
The move clears a spot for Scott Van Slyke on the 40-man roster. Billingsley had season-ending Tommy John surgery last month and will likely miss the early part of 2014.
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Chad Billingsley (elbow) said Tuesday that his goal is to be ready for Opening Day next season.
Kudos to him for shooting for that goal, but given that he just had Tommy John surgery last Wednesday, being available by the opener is a longshot. Billingsley is under contract for $12 million next season, with a $14 million club option for 2015.