Phillies right-hander Chad Billingsley threw five scoreless innings against the Marlins on Saturday before being forced to exit due to shoulder discomfort. It will be a while before we see him on a major league mound again.
According to Matt Breen of the Philadelphia Inquirer, Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro, Jr. said this afternoon that Billingsley is dealing with some tenderness in his flexor tendon and could also have a nerve issue. This is bad news for someone who had Tommy John surgery in 2013 and flexor tendon surgery 13 months ago. He’s still waiting on another MRI, but Amaro said that the injury “could be” season-ending.
Billingsley, who joined the Phillies on an incentive-laden one-year, $1.5 million contract, has posted a 5.84 ERA and 15/8 K/BB ratio in 37 innings over seven starts this season. The hope was that the 30-year-old would flash some of his old form and potentially turn into a decent trade chip, but that’s obviously not going to happen now.