Dodgers place Chad Billingsley on crowded disabled list

By Matt Snyder | Baseball Writer

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Billingsley joins Greinke, Capuano and Lilly on the DL. (USATSI)

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So much for the Dodgers' starting pitching depth.

Chad Billingsley has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with pain in his right elbow, the club announced. Billingsley was scheduled to pitch Sunday against the Orioles. Instead, it's gonna be Stephen Fife.

Billingsley, 28, didn't pitch after Aug. 24 last season with an injured elbow and instead of Tommy John surgery in the offseason he elected to go the rehab route. Now it appears the decision has come back to bite him, though we can't yet be sure of the severity.

As for the Dodgers, they entered the season with eight legitimate major-league starters. After having traded Aaron Harang and seen Billingsley, Zack Greinke and Chris Capuano hit the disabled list, they're down to Fife in the rotation -- joining Clayton Kershaw, Hyun-Jin Ryu, Josh Beckett and Ted Lilly. Lilly is still on the disabled list until he makes his season debut Wednesday.

Fife, a 26-year-old right-hander, was 0-2 with a 2.70 ERA and 1.39 WHIP in five starts last season. He's 1-1 with a 4.61 ERA, 1.68 WHIP and 14 strikeouts in 13 2/3 innings for Triple-A Albuquerque this season.

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