Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Chad Billingsley will have Tommy John elbow 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, who grew up in Defiance, Ohio, was 1-0 with a 3.00 ERA in two starts this season. He was scheduled to start last 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.
Valverde back as Tigers’ closer
The Detroit Tigers agreed to a one-year contract with reliever Jose Valverde, who is expected back with the team today. Manager Jim Leyland says Valverde will be Detroit’s closer immediately.
Valverde was the Tigers’ closer the last three years, but the team was prepared to let him leave as a free agent after he faltered in the 2012 postseason.
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.
Heyward has appendectomy
Atlanta Braves right fielder Jason Heyward was placed on the 15-day disabled list after an appendectomy. The team said that Heyward had surgery at Rose Medical Center in Denver. The Braves recalled infielder Tyler Pastornicky from Triple A Gwinnett.
Around the league
The Seattle Mariners placed outfielder Franklin Gutierrez on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right hamstring and recalled outfielder Carlos Peguero from Triple-A Tacoma. … The Washington Nationals claimed left-hander Xavier Cedeno off waivers from the Houston Astros and optioned him to Triple-A Syracuse. … The New York Mets promoted outfielder Juan Lagares, 24, from Triple-A Las Vegas and sent down outfielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis to Las Vegas.