Dodgers activate Chad Billingsley from disabled list for tonight’s game

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The Dodgers have activated right-hander Chad Billingsley from the 15-day disabled list. He’ll make his return tonight against the Cardinals in St. Louis.

Billingsley hasn’t started since July 7 due to right elbow inflammation. While he didn’t make a minor league rehab start, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly told Ken Gurnick of MLB.com that they felt confident enough to bring him back after he completed a bullpen session yesterday.

Billingsley, who turns 28 on Saturday, has a 4.30 ERA and 100/34 K/BB ratio in 104 2/3 innings over 18 starts this season. His outing tonight is an important one, as the Dodgers continue to evaluate whether to upgrade their starting rotation or go after another bat in advance of next Tuesday’s non-waiver trade deadline.

Tigers sign Francisco Liriano

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Robert Murray of FanRag Sports reports that the Tigers have signed Francisco Liriano to a one-year, $4 million contract.

Liriano split time between the Blue Jays and Astros last year, putting up a 5.66 ERA in 38 games, 18 of which were starts, striking out 85 and walking 53 in 97 innings. He pitched two-thirds on an inning in the World Series, but overall it was a pretty substandard season. But hey, those innings ain’t gonna eat themselves, and Liriano will eat some in Detroit.

Not to speak ill of him: he is almost certainly the second best Francisco Li- player in the division.