Billingsley lifted after one inning

LOS ANGELES -- Los Angeles Dodgers right-hander Chad Billingsley was lifted for precautionary reasons after only one inning in his first rehabilitation appearance since having Tommy John surgery last year.

Manager Don Mattingly said that Billingsley "felt a little sensation" in his arm after the first inning of a game with Class-A Rancho Cucamonga, but the club doesn't believe he suffered any kind of a setback. Billingsley was examined by team doctor Neal ElAttrache when he returned to Dodger Stadium and passed all of the tests in the exam.

"It gave us a little scare when we first heard about it," Mattingly said. "But then we got the good news during the game that Doc looked at it and felt pretty good about it."

The Dodgers and Billingsley had loosely targeted a mid-May return. It's not known how Sunday's developments will affect that timetable.