On August 24, 2012, Dodgers right-hander Chad Billingsley left the game against the Miami Marlins in the fourth inning with pain in his pitching elbow, pain that was later diagnosed as a partial tear in the ulnar collateral ligament. Rather than undergoing Tommy John surgery at that time, which undoubtedly would have cost him the entire 2013 season, Billingsley opted instead for a platelet-rich injection hoping that the tear would heal on its own.
As of today, Saturday, February 2, 2013, with pitchers and catchers due to report for spring training in exactly ten days, Billingsley absolutely insists that he is pain free, 100% healthy and eager to get started.
“Everything’s been great,” said the 28-year-old Defiance, Ohio native. “I’ve had no issues, no setbacks. Everything is looking good going into Spring Training.”
The obvious problem is that if Billingsley is not 100% healed and if he does need Tommy John surgery at any point during the 2013 season, his delaying the procedure last year will not only cause him to miss the remainder of the 2013 season, but it will most likely cause him to miss part or perhaps all of the 2014 season as well.
I can assure you that there isn’t a single Dodger fan out there who isn’t hoping and praying that Chad Billingsley is healthy and that he will make it through the 2013 season without requiring surgery. Unfortunately, there probably isn’t a Dodger fan out there who thinks that he will – or is there?
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