The baseball gods are unkind to the Los Angeles Dodgers, so it seems. Chad Billingsley is scheduled to undergo Tommy John surgery on his right elbow tomorrow.
Chad Billingsley will undergo Tommy John surgery tomorrow, April 24. Recovery time is expected to be 12 months.
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) April 23, 2013
Billingsley joins Zack Greinke and Chris Capuano on the Dodgers’ list of hurlers currently injured. The decision to allow Billingsley to try and pitch with a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament is a particularly confounding one, given that the team was aware of the risks as far back as January. I wrote about Billingsley’s plan to pitch through the injury on January 30th, when an actual medical doctor said it’s all well and good to try and rehab such an injury so as long as you’re not a Major League Baseball pitcher.
You live and learn, I guess.
Billingsley was 1-0 in two starts, with a 3.00 ERA and six strikeouts in 12 innings this season.