Chad Billingsley has been out for 10 days with right elbow soreness, and the pitcher is getting frustrated. He hasn't thrown a ball since Aug. 24, and he is playing the waiting game.
"I want to get back as soon as possible because we've got something special going on with this team," Billingsley said. "These last 10 days have been the most boring time that I've ever had, just doing treatment all the time. I want to be out there and pitch, but I can't try to pick up a ball. If my arm goes then I'm out for 10-12 months."
Billingsley had platelet-rich plasma injected into his elbow last week and could have a second injection this week in the hope of healing his elbow without surgery.
"The best thing for my elbow right now is getting rest. Getting the inflammation out," Billingsley said. "That's what they're doing with all the ice and the treatment. Just letting it heal."
But before the Dodgers know when or if Billingsley can pitch again, he will need to be able to throw. With just 26 games left in the regular season, time is running out.
"The longer it goes, even if he starts throwing, the likelihood of seeing him again this season gets lower and lower," said manager Don Mattingly.
It seems more likely that if Billingsley returns in 2012 it would be in the bullpen rather than as a starter. Despite the frustration of waiting, Billingsley has been patient even while he's anxious to return to the mound.
"I still want to be smart about it, but I also want to get back," he said.
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