Chad Billingsley is close to joining the Phillies’ rotation

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Philadelphia’s starting rotation may soon get some much-needed help, as Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com reports that veteran right-hander Chad Billingsley “has nearly completed his comeback from two elbow surgeries.”

Billingsley will begin a minor-league rehab assignment Friday at Triple-A and “could be in the Phillies’ rotation sometime during the third week of April.” Assuming everything continues to go smoothly with his comeback, of course.

Billingsley, who signed an incentive-laden one-year deal with the Phillies, spent seven-plus seasons as a solid mid-rotation starter for the Dodgers. He posted a 3.65 ERA in 1,175 innings and if he’s healthy for the first time since 2012 could emerge as the Phillies’ second-best starter.