With just a few weeks remaining in the regular season, the Los Angeles Dodgers realize how important each game is from here on out if they have any chance of reaching the 2012 postseason. Unfortunately, they may have to figure out a way to reach the playoffs by playing without one of their top pitchers–Chad Billingsley.
It appears Billingsley may have suited up for the last time for the Dodgers in 2012 now that the pitcher is expected to miss the remainder of the regular season with an elbow injury. Last week, Billingsley receive a platelet rich plasma injection and the team was hoping to at least have him return in the reliever role, but there’s a chance he could receive another injection later this week–so it’s not looking good for the Dodgers in the most crucial time of the year.
Not only is Los Angeles 4 1/2 games back of the San Francisco Giants in the NL West, but they also trail the Atlanta Braves and St. Louis Cardinals by 1 1/2 games for the Wild Card spots. Billingsley has been nothing short of phenomenal for the Dodgers over the last couple of weeks by recording wins in each of his last six starts to go along with a 1.80 ERA and losing him for the remainder of the season would be a huge blow during this final stretch.
Plus, Los Angeles also has to consider whether or not this could have a major impact on Billingsley beyond 2012–especially if he has to worry about the possibility of having Tommy John surgery.
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