Originally posted on Fox Sports West  |  Last updated 4/23/13
Dodgers got some bad news on Tuesday when the club revealed that Chad Billinglsey will undergo Tommy John surgery on Wednesday and is expected to miss 12 months. After an up-and-down 2012, Billingsley finally started to show signs of the player the Dodgers had signed to a 3-year, 35-million deal the year prior. From July 23 to Aug. 19 of last season Billingsley went on a tear, going 6-0 with a 1.30 ERA in 41.2 innings pitched. The next game, however, Billingsley aggravated the same elbow that landed him on the DL and he went on to miss the final month of last season. This offseason, Billingsley avoided Tommy John surgery and underwent injections of platelet-rich plasma and rehab, and was confident after experiencing no issues this spring. On Sunday, Billinglsey, who started the season on the DL with a bruised finger, joined Zach Greinke and Chris Capuano as the third starting pitcher to head to the DL in a nine-day span after experiencing pain and tightness in his elbow. Suddenly that stacked starting rotation is starting to look bleak. This season Billinglsey was 1-0 with a 3.00 ERA in two starts, and he's a career 81-61 in his eight-year career with the Dodgers. See the tweet released by the Dodgers below: Chad Billingsley will undergo Tommy John surgery tomorrow, April 24. Recovery time is expected to be 12 months. Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) April 23, 2013
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