The Dodgers entered the season with high expectations and they were supposed to have one of the better pitching rotations in the majors, but injuries to Chad Billingsley, Ted Lilly and Josh Beckett altered things greatly.
Billingsley was supposed to be the third starter behind Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke, but needed Tommy John surgery to repair his elbow and the estimated recovery time is about 12 months. Billinglsey tried to rehab the injury, but had the surgery in late April and until today, it wasn’t known what his timetable would be.
Ricky Nolasco is going to be a free agent at seasons end and he’s helped solidify the rotation after he was acquired from the Marlins. Nolasco expressed his desire to play for the Dodgers, the team he rooted for growing up. Billingsley is hoping to be ready by next April, but his progress from Tommy John surgery might dictate whether the Dodgers try and re-sign Nolasco.
If healthy, Billingsley is another solid starter for the Dodgers next season, but they might have to play it safe and have both Nolasco and Billingsley in the rotation next year.
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