Chad Billingsley was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Saturday with what the Dodgers described as "right elbow pain."

In terms of buzz, the development was of secondary importance, as it came on the day the Dodgers completed their nine-player trade with the Boston Red Sox to acquire Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford, Josh Beckett and Nick Punto.

But in terms of what it meant to the Dodgers' postseason ambitions, it was potentially devastating.