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MLB Injury News:
The Los Angeles Dodgers have placed right-hander Chad Billingsley on the disabled list with right elbow soreness, leaving them short of options for their starting rotation over the next couple of weeks.
Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reported that manager Don Mattingly was concerned that the discomfort was linked to last year's problem, when Billingsley missed the last two months of the season with a partially torn elbow ligament:
"It's hard not to think about it," Mattingly said. "We're talking about it all spring, all winter. I don't want to be the guy to rush to judgment, but it's hard to think it doesn't have something to do with [last season 's injury]. We've got to see where we're at. Let's let the doc read the exam."
Billingsley himself said he had no idea what the problem was and that his arm had not recovered as normal after throwing:
"The last start it felt a little tight at the start of the game, but that's normal at the start of a season, when you're building arm strength. As the game went on, it felt fine. But the next day, [there was] no recovery. With the off-day, an extra day, it just never recovered. The touch-and-feel [during bullpen session], it didn't feel normal."
Team doctor Neal ElAttrache will need to compare Billingsley's latest MRI with last season's before determining the extent of the injury. The Dodgers recalled Stephen Fife to start on Sunday against the Orioles but he lasted just 4.2 innings, giving up 4 earned runs on 7 hits and a walk, although he did strike out 5.
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