Chad Billingsley Has Plasma Injection In Elbow

Los Angeles Dodgers righthander Chad Billingsley hit the disabled list with right elbow pain last Saturday.

Now, he is undergoing a treatment that might get him back on the mound, according to ESPN Los Angeles:

Los Angeles Dodgers right-hander Chad Billingsley received an injection of platelet-rich plasma in his right elbow Thursday, a therapy that could be Billingsley’s last hope of pitching again in 2012.

Platelet-rich plasma — or PRP — is an emerging treatment to help in the healing of tendons or ligaments without resorting to surgery. The Dodgers haven’t ruled out the possibility that Billingsley will require Tommy John surgery, a procedure that would cost him most of the 2013 season as well.

This, after Dodgers CEO Stan Kasten expressed concern that Billingsley could be done for the year, according to Bill Shaikin in the Los Angeles Times:

Kasten spoke at a fan discussion presented by the Los Angeles Times and moderated by columnist Bill Dwyre.

In an interview later, Kasten said his comments were made out of concern and “not based on medical evidence.” He said the Dodgers’ search for pitching was not necessarily motivated by Billingsley’s injury.

The Dodgers currently stand second in the NL West, 4½ games behind the Giants; they are also 1½ games behind the Cardinals for the NL’s second wild card spot.

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