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.
Minnesota’s Josh Donaldson managed to get ejected while hitting a home run.
Donaldson barked at plate umpire Dan Bellino for the second time in the sixth inning of a 4-3 loss to the Chicago White Sox on Thursday.
With the score 2-2, Bellino called a strike when the 2015 AL MVP checked his swing on a 2-0 pitch from Reynaldo Lopez.
Manager Rocco Baldelli came out to speak with Bellino, and Donaldson homered down the left-field line on the next offering. After rounding the bases, Donaldson kicked dirt at home plate as he crossed it.
Bellino ejected him immediately, and Donaldson, realizing he had missed home plate, returned to the plate to touch it and then argued as he kicked more dirt on it.
Donaldson also had argued with Bellino on a 1-1 breaking ball in the first inning that appeared to be high but was called a strike, leading to a strikeout.
“We need Josh on the field, out there playing, and at third base,” Baldelli said. “That’s when we’re at our best. And so that’s really the end of it. I think we can move past it at his point, and go from here.”
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