Phillies don’t expect Chad Billingsley to be ready for Opening Day

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Philadelphia signed Chad Billingsley to an incentive-laden one-year deal in the hopes that he’ll bounce back well from Tommy John and flexor tendon surgeries, but Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports that “he’s not expected to be big league-ready until late April.”

That’s no surprise given that Billingsley went under the knife last April. He also hasn’t pitched in a big-league game since way back in April of 2013, when his solid seven-year run as a mid-rotation starter for the Dodgers came to a halt.

In the meantime David Buchnanan could get an extended chance to remain in the rotation after starting 20 games with a 3.75 ERA for the Phillies as a 25-year-old rookie last season.