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Chad Billingsley reports no setbacks with injured elbow

By Matt Snyder | Baseball Writer
Billingsley says he feels fine. (US Presswire)

Dodgers starting pitcher Chad Billingsley is coming off a partially torn elbow ligament, but he elected to rehab the injury rather than have Tommy John surgery. And, at least for now, he says he feels healthy.

"Everything's been great," he said (via MLB.com). "I've had no issues, no setbacks. Everything is looking good going into spring training."

Billingsley also added that Friday he would be throwing his eighth bullpen session of the winter. If he does prove to be healthy for the season, the Dodgers have more than enough starting pitching.

After ace Clayton Kershaw, the Dodgers have Zack Greinke, Josh Beckett, Hyun-Jin Ryu, Aaron Harang, Ted Lilly, Chris Capuano and Billingsley. That's eight names for five rotation spots. Even if someone -- such as Capuano or Harang -- is traded, they still have a surplus, which is a nice problem to have.

Billingsley, 28, was 10-9 with a 3.55 ERA, 1.29 WHIP and 128 strikeouts in 149 2/3 innings last season. Prior to his injury, Billingsley was on fire. From July 23 to Aug. 19, he went 6-0 with a 1.30 ERA.

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