Although Clayton Kershaw has received most of the attention throughout his stint on the disabled list, Chad Billingsley has also been battling a long rehab since having Tommy John surgery last season. Billingsley was initially expected to come back in May, but after being diagnosed with tendonitis in his elbow not long ago, many are concerned with how speedy his recovery will be.
In hopes of speeding up the rehab process, doctors will inject the 29-year-old right-hander with platelet-rich plasma into his right elbow on Wednesday. In doing so, Billingsley hopes to begin throwing again next week during the Los Angeles Dodgers’ road trip. The starter has had a PRP injection prior to Tuesday during attempts to prevent Tommy John surgery in 2013.
Billingsley has been inactive since his last bullpen session on April 15, and the pitcher claims he is not too worried about his recent setbacks as this is an injury he has frequently dealt with in the previous times he has tore his UCL. The Dodgers initial plan was to have Billingsley make five rehab starts before he rejoined the team, and seeing as he has yet to make one of these starts, his return remains uncertain.
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