Dodgers' Billingsley to undergo Tommy John surgery

Dodgers' Billingsley to undergo Tommy John surgery
April 23, 2013, 1:45 pm
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Chad Billingsley was 1-0 with a 3.00 ERA in 12 innings this season before undergoing surgery. (USA TODAY IMAGES)

BALTIMORE -- Dodgers right-hander Chad Billingsley will undergo Tommy John surgery on Wednesday, the team tweeted Tuesday

Recovery time for such a surgery is expected to take 12 months. 

Billingsley was placed on the 15-day DL and the Dodgers recalled Stephen Fife from Triple-A Albuquerque to start Sunday against the Baltimore Orioles.

Billingsley, who had been slated to start, has pain in his right elbow. He finished last season on the DL with right elbow pain and was on the disabled list from March 31 to April 10 with a bruised right index finger. He's 1-0 with a 3.00 ERA in two starts this season.

His career against the Giants has been quite successful. Billingsley holds a 8-6 record with a 3.16 ERA, including two shutout performances in 22 starts against San Francisco.

Fife, a right-hander, was 1-1 with a 4.61 ERA in three starts at Albuquerque this year after going 0-2 with a 2.70 ERA in five starts with the Dodgers in 2012.

The Dodgers have three other starters on the disabled list : Zach Greinke (left fractured clavicle), Chris Capuano (left calf strain) and Ted Lilly (left shoulder surgery).

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