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Chad Billingsley threw a simulated game yesterday, looks OK

Chad Billingsley

Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Chad Billingsley, left, is looked after by a trainer as he leaves the field during the fourth inning of their baseball game against the Miami Marlins, Friday, Aug. 24, 2012, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)


Chad Billingsley’s season ended prematurely with a partial tear of an elbow ligament. He and the Dodgers decided to forego Tommy John surgery in favor of platelet-rich plasma injections. So far so good, reports Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times:

Chad Billingsley pitched to hitters for two pain-free innings Monday, a sign that he may be able to avoid reconstructive elbow surgery this off-season.

“It looks like he’s going to be ready for the 2013 season,” said Dave Stewart, Billingsley’s agent.

He threw around 40 pitches and touched 94 on the gun. Good signs, even if it’s hard to remember many guys with such injuries who didn’t, eventually, have to go under the knife.