Dodgers right-hander Chad Billingsley will have Tommy John surgery this week and miss the rest of the season.
NEW YORK — Dodgers right-hander Chad Billingsley will have Tommy John surgery this week and miss the rest of the season, the latest setback for the Los Angeles rotation.
The 28-year-old Billingsley joined three other Dodgers starters already on the disabled list: Zack Greinke (fractured clavicle), Chris Capuano (calf strain) and Ted Lilly (shoulder surgery).
“You’re probably going to need eight to 10 starters,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. “You probably wouldn’t think you’d need them in the first 20 days (of the season).”
Billingsley will have elbow-ligament transplant surgery Wednesday. The team said it typically takes about 12 months to return to competition.
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Billingsley was 1-0 with a 3.00 earned-run average in two starts this season. He is 81-61 with a 3.65 ERA in eight seasons, making him the longest-tenured Dodgers pitcher.
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• Atlanta OF Jason Heyward went on the 15-day DL after an appendectomy late Monday night.
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