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Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Billingsley's Groin Strain "Not Serious"

Chad Billingsley, one of three players injured in Monday's game against the Angels (the others being Mark Loretta and Blake DeWitt), looks like his injury isn't serious.
"I did it the first day we threw to hitters," Billingsley said. "I took three days treatment, did a touch-and-feel [bullpen session], two days off and then a simulated game. This seems the same, so we'll treat it and get back on schedule." Because the Dodgers were giving their four top starters an extra day between starts -- while both fifth-starter candidates Eric Stults and James McDonald start Wednesday and Thursday -- Billingsley anticipated being pushed back at least a day. He said he would do no running Tuesday but did conditioning on the stationary bike.
Loretta (strained right groin) says he's still feeling sore, and Blake DeWitt's sore knee is "ready to go".

Update: Virtual Tony Jackson (i.e. Ramona Shelburne) reports that Loretta's injury could be more serious:

One day later, it seems like Loretta's injury is the most serious because trainer Stan Conte said it was higher up, in a place where the injury is ``notorious for hanging around'' so the team is going to be more conservative with him. Joe Torre said he'll be held out four or five days.

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