Chad Billingsley (elbow) exits

Updated: August 25, 2012, 7:45 AM ET
By Mark Saxon | ESPNLosAngeles.com

LOS ANGELES -- Los Angeles Dodgers right-hander Chad Billingsley left Friday night's game in the fourth inning with pain in his right elbow, an apparent recurrence of an injury that landed Billingsley on the disabled list for most of July.

Billingsley was on one of the best rolls of his career, having gone 6-0 with a 1.29 ERA in his previous six starts. He underwent an MRI following the game, and the Dodgers were awaiting results, but manager Don Mattingly said his level of concern is "not huge."

"Obviously, for him to come out of the game, it was tender. The way Chad's been throwing, at this time of year we're not going to take a chance and let him go out there and keep going," Mattingly said.

"Chad's been great. We never take chances, but that's why we stopped him short."

The Dodgers were listing him as day to day.

He was on the DL from July 8 to July 23 but missed just 10 games due to the All-Star break.

Billingsley (10-9) had allowed three runs on five hits and three walks to the Miami Marlins in 3 1/3 innings Friday night before being replaced by reliever Jamey Wright.

Mark Saxon

ESPNLosAngeles.com
Mark Saxon is a staff writer for ESPNLosAngeles.com. He spent six years at the Orange County Register, and began his career at the Oakland Tribune, where he started an 11-year journey covering Major League Baseball. He has also covered colleges, including USC football and UCLA basketball.

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