Lilly throws pain-free, Billingsley ‘optimistic.’

Two injured pitchers nudged forward in their recoveries Sunday:

Chad Billingsley is considering having a second platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injection in his right elbow. Manager Don Mattingly said that the right-hander “seemed a little bit optimistic,” but cautioned that there is still no timetable for Billingsley to resume throwing because he isn’t pain-free.

Ted Lilly, meanwhile, threw 20 pitches off the bullpen mound Saturday and reported no pain afterward. Lilly’s next step has yet to be determined, though Mattingly mentioned the possibility of a simulated game if Lilly continues to throw without pain. “I’m not quite sure where all this is going,” Mattingly said. “His shoulder feels good … his back feels better.”

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J.P. Hoornstra covers the Dodgers, Angels and Major League Baseball for the Orange County Register, Los Angeles Daily News, Long Beach Press-Telegram, Torrance Daily Breeze, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Pasadena Star-News, San Bernardino Sun, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, Whittier Daily News and Redlands Daily Facts. Before taking the beat in 2012, J.P. covered the NHL for four years. UCLA gave him a degree once upon a time; when he graduated on schedule, he missed getting Arnold Schwarzenegger's autograph on his diploma by five months.