The good news is….well…there is no good news.
Chad Billingsley is gone for the season and will not likely be returning to the mound in a Dodgers uniform. After working his way back from Tommy John’s surgery, Billingsley suffered a partially torn flexor tendon that will require surgery. Billingsley elected to proceed with the surgery which will keep him sidelined likely well into the 2015 season.
The diagnosis came after Billingsley admitted to feeling soreness in his elbow during a rehab assignment. The Dodgers’ hope was that Billingsley would have been able to return to the mound by late May or June. At this point now, Billingsley should be able to throw in three months, however he will not be game-ready for another six months barring further setbacks. However, he is confident and focused on returning for the 2015 season.
The Los Angeles Dodgers have a huge decision to make while Billingsley sits a second consecutive season. The option is $14 million for 2015 that requires a $3 million buyout. One can definitely see the Dodgers going down the buyout road in the not so distant future. Billingsley has not pitched in a year, and now, it will to be two. L.A. signed him to a 3 year, $35 million contract extension in 2011. They also signed Dan Haren and Paul Maholm as insurance policies if Billingsley could not return to form. Haren has been a solid starter for the Dodgers, making Chad Billingsley more expendable.