Chad Billingsley will undergo Tommy John surgery tomorrow, leaving the Dodgers without their fifth starter for the remainder of this season and likely part of 2014.
Team physician Dr. Neal ElAttrache will perform the surgery at the Kerlan Jobe Orthopedic Clinic in Los Angeles.
Billingsley elected to undergo PRP (platelet-rich plasma) injections and rehabilitation after partially tearing the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow last August. He pitched without pain throughout the winter and into spring training until he developed elbow pain during a bullpen session four days ago. An MRI confirmed an injury to the ligament.
Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke said he’s watched replays of last Thurdsay’s brawl in San Diego. (Associated Press)
Say this much for Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke: He’s trying to learn from his mistakes.
Mistake one: October 11, 2011. On the eve of the National League Championship Series between Greinke’s Brewers and the St. Louis Cardinals, Greinke was asked about Cardinals right-hander Chris Carpenter.
“They think his presence, his attitude out there sometimes is like a phony attitude,” Greinke told reporters in Milwaukee. “And then he yells at people. He just stares people down and stuff. And most pitchers just don’t do that. And when guys do, I guess some hitters get mad. Some hitters do it to pitchers. But when you do that some people will get mad.
“There’s other pitchers in the league that do it, but, I don’t know,” Greinke said, “a lot of guys on our team don’t like Carpenter.”
Carl Crawford’s status for Opening Day is in jeopardy after the Dodgers’ left fielder was diagnosed with nerve irritation in his left arm. He will not be able to throw or hit for seven days.
“It challenges Opening Day,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly told reporters in Glendale.
Crawford flew to Los Angeles on Thursday night to have his elbow examined by team physician Dr. Neal ElAttrache.
The club said the irritation developed from increased intensity hitting live pitching and is not uncommon for a player attempting to return from Tommy John surgery. Dr. James Andrews performed the surgery on Crawford’s left (throwing) elbow last August.
Matt Kemp had the torn labrum in his left shoulder repaired Friday by Dr. Neal ElAttrache, a procedure that could delay his start to spring training but leaves him on track to debut on opening day.
Kemp sustained the injury on Aug. 28 in a collision with the outfield wall at Coors Field. The 60-minute procedure also involved minor debridement of Kemp’s rotator cuff. He will start physical therapy in 7-10 days and is expected to start swinging a bat in early January.
Dr. Neal ElAttrache, the Dodgers’ team physician, will be part of CBS Sports’ National Football League coverage beginning Sunday.
The network announced Tuesday that Dr. ElAttrache “will be on-call all season analyzing and explaining injuries and interpreting injury reports, beginning with CBS Sports’ NFL kickoff on Sunday, Sept. 9.”
Here’s more from the CBS release: