Chad Billingsley’s season ended prematurely with a partial tear of an elbow ligament. He and the Dodgers decided to forego Tommy John surgery in favor of platelet-rich plasma injections. So far so good, reports Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times:
Chad Billingsley pitched to hitters for two pain-free innings Monday, a sign that he may be able to avoid reconstructive elbow surgery this off-season.
“It looks like he’s going to be ready for the 2013 season,” said Dave Stewart, Billingsley’s agent.
He threw around 40 pitches and touched 94 on the gun. Good signs, even if it’s hard to remember many guys with such injuries who didn’t, eventually, have to go under the knife.
A lot of teams do funny promo videos during spring training. The Seattle Mariners have led the league in this category for years now, with their marketing and p.r. folks producing and a lot of game and sometimes hammy players starring in some excellent clips. They’re doing them again this year, if you’re curious.
The Milwaukee Brewers have hopped on the humor train in 2018, and their latest entry in this category of commercials is excellent. It’s their riff on “The Sandlot.”
The biggest difference: Smalls really could kill you in this one. Brett Phillips is a lot more jacked than the kid who played Scotty in the original was.
The Beast, however, is just as terrifying now as he was in 1993.