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Dodgers SP Chad Billingsley to have season-ending Tommy John surgery

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How does that old saying go?  “When it rains, it pours.”

While it seems like the Los Angeles Dodgers are used to the sunny Southern California weather, the bullpen is going through a thunderstorm of injuries.

Chad Billingsley is the newest addition to the Dodgers’ injury woes.  The right-hander will undergo Tommy John surgery on  April 24, according to CSNBayArea.com.

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Billingsley has been dealing with pain in his right elbow since the end of last season and has been feeling it again this year. He started once this season, but since then has been dealing with the pain once again.

“It just never recovered, so I knew something was up,” Billingsley told the Los Angeles Times. “It didn’t feel right.”

He was placed on the D.L. as a precautionary measure on Sunday and was told he needed surgery the following Tuesday.

At this pace, the Dodgers’ would lose all their starting pitchers by the All-Star break. Zack Greinke broke his left collarbone in his kerfuffle with San Diego Padres outfielder Carlos Quentin. Chris Capuano was called to replace Greinke in the rotation the following week and then he left in the third inning with a left calf strain in his first game. Ted Lilly has been on the D.L. since the beginning of the season, but has been doing well in his time out in the minor leagues. The left-hander should be due back in action with the Dodgers’ when the pitching cycle completes.

The bright side to this string of early injuries in the 2013 season is that the Boys in Blue will have all their pitchers healthy towards the end of the season and for the playoffs, with the exception of Billingsley of course. He is slated to miss the next 12 months or more of baseball before he can play again.

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Eldrick Bone

Eldrick Bone was born and raised in Los Angeles and has devoted his professional life to revolve around sports. A journalism graduate of California State University, Northridge, Eldrick served as a sports writer, reporter and anchor for the school’s broadcast news program, Valley View News. He was previously the host of the sports radio show, In the Sports Booth on SkidRow studios.