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.
It’s been one issue after the next for Indians reliever Andrew Miller, and on Saturday, the left-hander landed back on the 10-day disabled list with right knee inflammation. According to comments made by club manager Terry Francona, Miller’s knee has been a problem since the start of the year. The team has yet to determine a concrete timetable for his return to the bullpen.
Miller, 33, hasn’t looked like his usual sub-2.00 ERA, 2.0+ fWAR self this season, though he paired a 4.40 ERA and 6.3 BB/9 with an impressive 14.4 SO/9 across his first 14 1/3 innings. A left hamstring strain and minor back injury hampered his effectiveness on the mound, though this appears to be a more serious issue — especially given the five weeks he spent recovering from a tendon injury in his right knee last year.
In corresponding moves, the Indians designated right-hander Oliver Drake for assignment and recalled Triple-A right-handers Ben Taylor and Evan Marshall. Taylor, 25, was working on a 3.63 ERA, 1.0 BB/9 and 11.4 SO/9 through 17 1/3 innings in Triple-A Columbus, while 28-year-old Marshall turned in a terrific 0.77 ERA, 0.8 BB/9 and 6.9 SO/9 over his first 11 2/3 innings. Neither reliever has pitched more than a handful of innings at the big league level in 2018.