NEW YORK — Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Chad Billingsley will have Tommy John surgery this week and miss the rest of the season.
The Dodgers made the announcement Tuesday, a day before the right-hander was set for the elbow operation in Los Angeles. The team said it typically takes about 12 months to return to competition.
Billingsley was 1-0 with a 3.00 ERA in two starts this season. He was scheduled to start Sunday in Baltimore, but instead was put on the 15-day disabled list because of pain in his elbow.
The 28-year-old injured his elbow in August and decided to try rehabilitation instead of major surgery. He had been pain-free until feeling pain Friday in a bullpen session. An MRI showed the injury.
Billingsley is 81-61 with a 3.65 ERA in eight big league seasons.
Heyward put on DL after appendectomy: The Atlanta Braves placed right fielder Jason Heyward on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday after an appendectomy.
The team said Heyward had surgery at Rose Medical Center in Denver.
Manager Fredi Gonzalez said there was no set timetable for Heyward’s return. The Braves recalled infielder Tyler Pastornicky from Triple A Gwinnett to fill Heyward’s roster spot.
Heyward was off to a slow start, batting .121 with two homers and five RBIs.
“A couple of days ago when we were in Pittsburgh, he felt like he had some stomach fires going,” Gonzalez said, “and then it just kept getting more localized, moving to his right side.”
Gonzalez expects Reed Johnson and Jordan Schafer will see time in right field in Heyward’s absence. Johnson was scheduled to start Tuesday’s opener.
Left fielder Justin Upton has played right field in the past.
Gutierrez on DL with hamstring injury: The Seattle Mariners placed outfielder Franklin Gutierrez on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right hamstring.
Gutierrez was injured Monday night trying to make a diving catch in the fourth inning against the Astros. He has struggled with injuries in his career, and this is the fifth time he’s been on the disabled list since the beginning of the 2011 season.
Gutierrez is hitting .259 with four homers and 10 RBIs in 16 games.
Dotel on DL, Rondon up from minors: In Detroit, the Tigers put reliever Octavio Dotel on the 15-day disabled list with right elbow inflammation, paving the way for Bruce Rondon to be called up from Triple-A Toledo.
Rondon was recalled Tuesday. He was in contention to be Detroit’s closer during spring training but didn’t make the team.
Dotel has allowed seven runs in 4.2 innings.
Prospect Bundy seeks second opinion on arm: In Baltimore, Orioles prized pitching prospect Dylan Bundy wants another opinion on his ailing right arm, this time from Dr. James Andrews.
Bundy has been sidelined since developing elbow soreness late in spring training. The right-hander experienced discomfort while throwing from 90 feet on Monday, which spurred him into requesting a second opinion.
Bundy was selected fourth overall in the 2011 amateur draft. He made his professional debut last year and pitched two games during September with the Orioles.
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