Report: Elbow issues put Billingsley's season in jeopardy


Report: Elbow issues put Billingsley's season in jeopardy

If their CEO's fears are realized, Dodgers starting pitcher Chad Billingsley could be done for the season, according to a report by the Los Angeles Times.

Dodgers president and chief executive officer Stan Kasten spoke at a fan discussion Thursday night and expressed his fear -- not based on medical evidence -- that the right elbow inflammation that landed Billingsley on the disabled list Monday could cause him to miss the remainder of the season. The same elbow issues forced him to the disabled list for most of July.

Billingsley was 6-0 with a 1.30 ERA in his six starts prior to suffering the injury while pitching against the Miami Marlins on Aug. 24.

If Billingsley cannot return this year, it would be a serious blow to the Dodgers' postseason aspirations. Los Angeles trails the Giants by 3 12 games in the NL West, and it trails the Cardinals by 1 12 games for the second NL Wild Card berth.
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Billingsley, 28, has good career numbers against the Giants. He is 8-6 with a 3.16 ERA in 22 career starts against San Francisco, and most recently he pitched shutout baseball into the eighth inning of a 10-0 Dodgers win at AT&T Park on July 28.

Behind reigning NL Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw, pitching is and has been the biggest area of concern for the Dodgers.

Looking to bolster the position, the Dodgers acquired Josh Beckett Sunday in the blockbuster trade that also brought Adrian Gonzalez and Carl Crawford to southern California.

Beckett lost his debut with the Dodgers in Colorado, and the pitchers behind Kershaw and Beckett -- Joe Blanton, Aaron Harang and Chris Capuano -- have struggled mightily of late.

Barry Bonds back in left field at AT&T Park


Barry Bonds back in left field at AT&T Park

Barry Bonds was back in left field Friday at AT&T Park. Calm down, he was in blue jeans not a Giants jersey. 

Before the Giants take on the Phillies, Bonds casual caught fly balls back at the spot he used to roam for San Francisco. On Twitter he wrote, "I think I still got it. What do you guys think?"

Known for his legendary power as baseball's all-time home runs leader, Bonds is also one of the best defensive outfielders the game has ever seen. Bonds won eight Gold Glove awards in his career, five of them coming with the Giants.

Willie Mays and Roberto Clemente are the all-time leaders of Gold Glove awards among outfielders with 12 each. 

The Giants have used 13 players in left field this season. Perhaps they could use one more in Bonds.

Giants lineup: After beating Phillies to start series, no changes for Game 2


Giants lineup: After beating Phillies to start series, no changes for Game 2

The Giants scored early and hung on to beat the Phillies on Thursday night. One night later, Bruce Bochy is going with the same eight.

Philadelphia Phillies (43-76)

1. Cesar Hernandez (S) 2B
2. Freddy Galvis (S) SS
3. Nick Williams (L) CF
4. Rhys Hoskins (R) LF
5. Maikel Franco (R) 3B
6. Tommy Joseph (R) 1B
7. Jorge Alfaro (R) C
8. Cameron Perkins (R) RF
9. Zach Eflin (R) P

San Francisco Giants (49-74)

1. Denard Span (L) CF
2. Hunter Pence (R) RF
3. Jarrett Parker (L) LF
4. Buster Posey (R) C
5. Pablo Sandoval (S) 3B
6. Brandon Crawford (L) SS
7. Ryder Jones (L) 1B
8. Kelby Tomlinson (R) 2B
9. Matt Moore (L) P