Chad Billingsley was diagnosed with a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament in August of last season, but opted for rehab and platelet-rich plasma injections instead of Tommy John surgery.
He was able to get healthy enough to make two starts this season and actually posted a 3.00 ERA in 12 innings, but he was placed on the disabled list with more elbow problems over the weekend and the Dodgers just announced that Billingsley will now undergo Tommy John surgery.
He’ll miss the remainder of this season and could be a question mark for the beginning of 2014, when the 28-year-old right-hander will be making $12 million in the final guaranteed season of his contract.
Between injuries and trades it’s amazing how quickly the Dodgers’ vaunted rotation depth disappeared.
Royals’ Opening Day starter Danny Duffy weathered a minor scare during Saturday’s Cactus League game against the Diamondbacks. The left-hander was removed from his final spring training start after experiencing some left shoulder tightness in the second and third innings. No lasting damage appears to have been done — Duffy told reporters that he simply felt a slight ache, nothing more — and it looks like he’ll remain on track to open the season with the team next Thursday.
The 29-year-old southpaw is coming off one of his best performances to date. Despite losing a few weeks to an oblique strain and elbow soreness, he went 9-10 in 24 starts and finished the 2017 season with a 3.81 ERA, 2.5 BB/9 and 8.0 SO/9 over 146 1/3 innings. While Duffy entered camp with a clean bill of health, he struggled to execute against his spring training opponents and racked up 13 runs, four homers, seven walks and 11 strikeouts in 13 innings of Cactus League play.
The Royals are scheduled to kick off their home opener against the White Sox on Thursday, March 29 at 4:15 PM ET. Barring any further complications with his shoulder, Duffy will take the mound for the Royals, while James Shields is expected to make his first Opening Day appearance for the White Sox.