“I think (the Dodgers) will be conservative,” Stewart said, “but (Billingsley) will be starting with everybody else in spring training.”
Stewart said that Billingsley believes he’ll be able to pitch in games starting in April. The 29-year-old right-hander underwent the ligament replacement procedure April 24; the Dodgers didn’t announce a specific timetable for Billingsley’s recovery at the time, only that pitchers typically return to competition in 12 months.
For now, Stewart said that Billingsley is throwing from 120 feet at 75 to 80 percent, and hopes to start throwing off a mound in January.
Kemp is already at Camelback Ranch in Glendale, Arizona, recuperating from October surgeries on his left ankle and left shoulder. Kemp had arthroscopic surgery Oct. 24 to remove several spurs and a loose body, and do a microfracture on the talus bone in his left foot. He’s expected to be in a walking boot “for another couple weeks,” Stewart said.
Some bullet points for a Veteran’s Day:
• MiLB.com chose the Dodgers’ organizational All-Stars.
• Yasiel Puig is scarcely mentioned in that article despite spending the first two months of the season in Double-A. About that: good idea (since Puig’s two months in the minors mean he can’t become a free agent until 2019, rather than 2018), bad idea, or meh, because I’d rather have Jose Fernandez on my team anyway? Either Puig or Fernandez — probably Fernandez — will win the National League Rookie of the Year award tonight.
• Farewell, Turner Field: The Atlanta Braves will have a new stadium in 2017.
• The Society for American Baseball Research has released the SABR Defensive Index (SDI) figures that were a factor in Gold Glove award voting this year. Major-league managers, who voted on the awards, were privy to these numbers. Interesting that Andre Ethier had enough chances to register an SDI score in center field (Hanley Ramirez, for one, did not), and for all the platitudes heaped upon Ethier at the time, his score was below 0. Also, how badly did American League voters drop the ball on Adam Jones — or, how reliable is this SDI thing anyway?
• On Veterans’ Day, it’s worth remembering that Jimi Hendrix spent 13 months in the Army. They didn’t go well. Here’s “Stone Free,” live at Newport: