Dodgers pitcher Chad Billingsley to undergo elbow surgery

April 23, 2013 at 6:56 PM
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LOS ANGELES, April 23 (UPI) -- Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Chad Billingsley will miss the rest of the season after undergoing elbow surgery, the team announced Tuesday.

Billingsley, 28, is scheduled for "Tommy John" ligament replacement surgery and will be out at least 12 months, the team said.

The right-hander, who had been placed on the disabled list with elbow pain Sunday, had compiled a 1-0 mark with a 3.00 ERA in two appearances this season.

Billingsley sustained a partially torn elbow ligament last season but rejected surgery then in favor of a regimen of platelet-rich plasma injections.

His final start came April 15 -- a 6-3 loss to San Diego.

The Dodgers said Stephen Fife will take Billingsley's spot in the starting rotation.

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