It has been a bumpy road to recovery for right-hander Chad Billingsley and it looks as if he has hit another rough patch.
Billingsley pitched for the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes on Sunday, throwing 30 pitches over 1.2 innings. He threw a bullpen on Tuesday and that’s where the issue came up.
According to Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register, the Los Angeles Dodgers’ pitcher was forced to stop his progress again:
Chad Billingsley had renewed discomfort in his elbow while throwing bullpen session Tues. Will see Dr. ElAttrache.
— Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr) June 11, 2014
Billingsley has thrown two rehab starts so far this season and has now been shut down after both of them. The 29-year-old underwent Tommy John surgery last June and was originally expected to return by this July. He was ahead of schedule earlier in the year before his numerous setbacks. Billingsley is one of now four Dodger pitchers that have undergone Tommy John in the last year, along with Scott Elbert, Ross Stripling and Chris Withrow.
The Dodgers hope to have a prognosis for Billingsley on Friday after the Thursday meeting with Dr. ElAttrache. It was said that he was unable to max out in his bullpen, which is why he was stopped. Billingsley and the Dodgers will be hoping for the best, as he would give the Dodgers another arm to use for the stretch run.
It is unknown whether Billingsley would even crack the rotation upon his return, with Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke, Hyun-Jin Ryu, Dan Haren and Josh Beckett all pitching effectively. An injury could open the door for Billingsley if he becomes healthy. Because of the depth in their rotation, the Dodgers have been able to sustain the prolonged return of their right-hander.
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