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Dodgers' Billingsley to have Tommy John surgery

Published April 23, 2013 3:21 pm

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New York • Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Chad Billingsley will have Tommy John surgery this week and miss the rest of the season.

The Dodgers made the announcement Tuesday, a day before the right-hander was set for the elbow operation in Los Angeles. The team said it typically takes about 12 months to return to competition.

Billingsley was 1-0 with a 3.00 ERA in two starts this season. He was scheduled to start last Sunday in Baltimore, but instead was put on the 15-day disabled list because of pain in his elbow.

The 28-year-old injured his elbow last August and decided to try rehabilitation instead of major surgery. He had been pain-free until feeling pain last Friday in a bullpen session. An MRI showed the injury.

Billingsley is 81-61 with a 3.65 ERA in eight big league seasons.