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Rockies @ Dodgers June 16, 2014: I’m Sad For Chad Billingsley

dodger_stadium_openingday2013Yesterday, I wondered why in the world Andre Ethier would be sitting against a righty, and pondered a reality in which he would then be back in the lineup against a lefty. Now, with lefty Colorado rookie Tyler Matzek on the mound, that’s exactly what’s happened. Ethier is in the lineup. Now, that’s a bit too harsh of course, because Scott Van Slyke is also in the lineup, taking over for Adrian Gonzalez at first base. Not that I mind Gonzalez getting a day, of course, because since May 1, he’s been hitting just .210/.298/.331. It’s not like he’s irreplaceable. It’s just that any situation where Ethier has to face lefty pitching seems like a bad one.

Rockies
Dodgers
7:10pm PT
Los Angeles, CA
LF
Blackmon
2B
Gordon
RF
Barnes
SS
Ramirez
SS
Tulowitzki
RF
Puig
1B
Morneau
LF
Kemp
CF
Stubbs
1B
Van Slyke
C
Rosario
CF
Ethier
2B
Rutledge
C
Ellis
3B
Culberson
3B
Rojas
P
Matzek (L)
P
Ryu (L)

Also bad: Justin Turner is out again, sitting for the fourth day in a row thanks to his calf strain, and let me stop for a second and acknowledge that we’re living in a world where Turner being unavailable seriously is bad news. But it is, partially because he’s been playing so well, and partially because with Juan Uribe and Chone Figgins also hurt, Don Mattingly is down to his fourth-string third baseman in Miguel Rojas, or even fifth-string if you really like Jamie Romak. So once again, Mattingly may not have many options should this game be tight in the late innings. The curse of the 12-man pitching staff strikes again.

We also have pitching health news, one good and one… decidedly less good. Let’s start with the happy stuff: Scott Elbert, who hasn’t pitched in a big league game since August 26, 2012 (!) after undergoing three elbow surgeries in nine months, is going to start a rehab assignment with the rookie-level Odgen Raptors on Wednesday. I have no idea what we we could or should expect, but it’s good news nonetheless.

Unfortunately, the news isn’t so good on Chad Billingsley, who will undergo surgery next week to repair a torn flexor tendon in his right elbow. No, he didn’t blow out the same Tommy John ligament again, but this will end his season and potentially his Dodger career, since the team holds a $3m buyout of a $14m 2015 option. He’s expected to be ready by spring training, but what team he’s with at that point is an open question, and it will have been nearly two years since his last big league game. Either way, this is very sad news for a pitcher who never got the respect he deserved from Dodger fans. I hope it works out for him, no matter what uniform he’s wearing.

Wed 10/1Thurs 10/2Fri 10/3Sat 10/4Sun 10/5Mon 10/6Tues 10/7
RP. Baez--12-26
LS. Elbert--9-11
RC. Frias---
LJ.P. Howell--109-8
RK. Jansen--20-
RB. League--212-21
RB. Wilson---9
RJ. Wright---

About

Mike wrote daily for over six long years (2007-13) about the Dodgers at Mike Scioscia’s Tragic Illness, which was named 2011′s “Best Sports Blog” by LA Weekly. He can currently be found writing multiple times per week at FanGraphs and ESPN, has been a producer and editor for Sports on Earth, and built The Hardball Times. He lives in New York City and will probably be asleep or on vacation when awesome things happen.


804 comments
finleysgrandslam
finleysgrandslam

i am also sad for Bills. I was so excited for Kemp & Bills to come into this season and be part of this team.

Boxxybabee
Boxxybabee

So my mom's been texting me memes about menopause.

efb
efb

DANNNNNCE PARRTTYY!!!

efb
efb

in honor of Tony Puig got some of the 5.5 hits 

BIah
BIah

Wow, Ryu has the same W-L record as Greinke now.

Superba
Superba

This could be a good look for Clayton.

Tired Math Cat
Tired Math Cat

@BIah am i reading this correctly? hold on, i'm tired. let me squint more.