Chad Billingsley had a rough, and long, first inning on Monday, but he battled through it in his first appearance on a mound since Aug. 24. He pitched two innings in the Dodgers' 7-6 win over the Cubs on Monday afternoon at Camelback Ranch, but Billingsley wasn't so concerned with his results.
Billingsley missed the final six weeks of the season with a partial tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. But rather than opt for Tommy John surgery that would sidelined him for all of 2013, Billingsley had two injections of platelet-rich plasma into his elbow. He was able to throw at full intensity without pain by October, when he rehabbed and trained at Camelback Ranch.
"It's good to be out there. In the first inning I had a lot of adrenalin. It seemed like forever since I last pitched in a game," Billingsley said. "Today I had a little bit more adrenalin than usual for spring training. Just coming back it felt great to be out there competing in a game situation."
That game situation looked like it might turn into a blow out early for the Cubs. Luis Valbuena led off the game with a double off Billingsley, and was driven home when the next batter, Rex Barney did the same. Barney was thrown out trying to stretch his hit into a triple on a fantastic relay through by shortstop Dee Gordon. That extra out was good for Billingsley, who gave up a home run to the third batter he faced, Nate Schierholtz.
Chad Billingsley happy with return to mound in Dodgers' 7-6 win over Cubs
True Blue L.A. | Feb 25