Los Angeles Dodgers Suffer Setback as Chad Billingsley Will Undergo Tommy John Surgery and Miss Rest of Season

By Dan Parzych
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Expectations were high for the Los Angeles Dodgers heading into the 2013 season as they were hoping to compete in the NL West and even though there’s still plenty of time left in the regular season–this year certainly has not gone the way this team was hoping it would as they’re off to an 8-10 start. There’s still plenty of time for this team to turn things around, but unfortunately it looks like they’re going to have to figure out a way to win games without star pitcher Chad Billingsley.

Los Angeles received the bad news on Monday about how they will have to play for the rest of the season without Billingsley as he is scheduled to undergo Tommy John surgery on Wednesday–which will most likely take around 12 months to recover from. Billingsley only appeared in two games for the Dogers this season as he pitched 12 total innings over two games while allowing 12 hits and four earned runs. 

For a team that was supposed to be a strong contender heading into the season, this was the last thing Los Angeles needed to deal with and it will be interesting to see what sort of adjustments they make in their rotation for the remainder of the regular season. Plus, there’s no telling what to expect from Billingsley when he does return one year from now–so this is just terrible news to hear about from the Dodgers end.

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