Dodgers' Chad Billingsley to undergo season-ending elbow surgery

Chad Billingsley’s bid to return to the mound has suffered a blow. (USATSI)
Chad Billingsley’s bid to return to the mound has suffered a blow. (USATSI)

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Dodgers right-hander Chad Billingsley hasn't seen MLB game action since April 15, 2013, and that's going to remain the case for some time. That's because on Monday Billingsley announced that he'll soon undergo surgery to repair a torn flexor tendon. As MLB.com's Ken Gurnick writes, the procedure will sideline Billingsley for the remainder of the 2014 season.

Billingsley underwent Tommy John surgery in late April of last year, but needless to say his recovery hasn't gone as hoped. 

The 29-year-old has pitched to a 110 ERA+ across parts of eight major-league seasons. He was named to the All-Star team in 2009. Billingsley is in the final guaranteed year of a three-year, $35-million deal. His contract includes a $3-million buyout on a $14-million option for 2015. 

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