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Sunday, September 30, 2012
Billingsley still awaiting word on surgery

By Mark Saxon

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:


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


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