Chad Billingsley needs Tommy John surgery

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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.

Pujols hits 701st career home run, connects for Cardinals

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ST. LOUIS — Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols hit his 701st home run, connecting Friday night against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Pujols launched a slider from former teammate Johan Oviedo over the Big Mac Land sign in left field at Busch Stadium. The solo drive in the fourth inning made it 1-all.

Pujols faced Oviedo for the first time and made the 24-year-old righty the 456th different pitcher he’s homered against.

The St. Louis star hadn’t homered in a week since hitting No. 699 and 700 at Dodger Stadium last Friday. Pujols had gone 10 at-bats without a home run after two starts and one pinch-hit appearance.

The Busch Stadium crowd gave the 42-year-old Pujols a long standing ovation before he came out of the Cardinals dugout to tip his cap for a curtain call.

Pujols hit his 22nd home run this season for the NL Central champion Cardinals.

Pujols is fourth on the career home run list behind Barry Bonds (762), Hank Aaron (755) and Babe Ruth (714).