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Billingsley still awaiting word on surgery

9/30/2012

The Dodgers may not know for a week or more whether Chad Billingsley will need surgery on his right elbow and be out for the 2013 season.

Billingsley has already begun a throwing program to test the partially torn ulnar collateral ligament, but he has yet to throw from more than 60 feet or for more than 60 throws. The extent of his workout has been playing catch on flat ground.

When the season ends, Billingsley will go to the Dodgers' facilities in Arizona to continue his throwing program for three weeks. Friday, he is scheduled to increase the intensity of his workouts.

"I'm still going, so that's always good," Billingsley said. "But right now I can't tell you until I really start testing it."

Here are lineups for Sunday's game, with the Dodgers trying to stay in the playoff race, trailing the St. Louis Cardinals by two games for the final wild card:

Colorado

Josh Rutledge SS

Rafael Ortega CF

Jordan Pacheco C

Andrew Brown RF

Chris Nelson 3B

Charlie Blackmon LF

Matt McBride 1B

D.J. LeMahieu 2B

Jorge De La Rosa P

Dodgers

Mark Ellis 2B

Shane Victorino LF

Matt Kemp CF

Adrian Gonzalez 1B

Hanley Ramirez SS

Luis Cruz 3B

Andre Ethier RF

A.J. Ellis C

Josh Beckett P