Stephen Fife set for MLB debut as Chad Billingsley heads to DL … sigh

Previously, I took a look at potential Chad Billingsley replacements at AAA in Stephen Fife and John Ely, wondering whether Ely would ever get another crack. Well, today the Dodgers put Billingsley on the 15-day DL and promoted Fife to start.

The Dodgers placed right-hander Chad Billingsley on the 15-day disabled list on Tuesday with an inflamed elbow flexor tendon, and they recalled Stephen Fife from Triple-A Albuquerque to start on Tuesday night in Billingsley’s place.

Manager Don Mattingly said on Monday night that he thought Billingsley would miss only one start, which Billingsley confirmed on Tuesday is still the plan.

Billingsley is going to throw a bullpen session on Friday after taking a couple of days off to rest his elbow, which he said feels the same as it has the past few days.

As I said before though, it’s not like the Dodgers had a shortage of guys to be designated for assignment. I’m still unsure why they didn’t go with clearly the best pitcher on the Isotopes.

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