Chad Billingsley‘s inflamed right elbow has landed the right-hander on the disabled list for the second time in the past two months.
If he misses the minimum 15 days, Billingsley will miss two starts and face the Arizona Diamondbacks on Sept. 11. Billingsley had won six straight decisions before re-aggravating the injury Friday night against the Miami Marlins. He lasted just 2 1/3 innings before coming out of the game.
It’s not how the Dodgers drew it up, but the move helps make room for newcomer Josh Beckett on the active roster. Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said that Beckett, who was scheduled to start today for the Red Sox, will make his Dodger debut Monday in Colorado.
The Dodgers also optioned Alex Castellanos to Triple-A Albuquerque on Saturday, thereby clearing room for new first baseman Adrian Gonzalez and infielder Nick Punto on the active roster. James Loney was the only player on the active roster who was traded to Boston.
In other injury news, Shane Victorino was scratched from the Dodgers’ lineup less than an hour before Saturday’s game against Miami. The left fielder continues to deal with pain in his lower back that caused him to leave Friday’s game in the eighth inning.
Jerry Hairston Jr., who is out for the season with a hip labrum injury, was moved to the 60-day disabled list.
Carl Crawford, who had Tommy John surgery Thursday and is out until at least March of next year, will go on the 60-day disabled list at some point and will not count against the Dodgers’ 40-man allotment.