The Los Angeles Dodgers have placed Chad Billingsley on the 15-day disabled list for pain in his troublesome right elbow six days after the right-hander's second start of the season.

Billingsley's start to 2013 was delayed amid a recovery for a bruised index finger he suffered during bunting drills in March.

He was limited to 25 starts in 2012 after he experiencing elbow tightness in August. He was placed on the 60-day disabled list two weeks later, ending his season.

Billingsley, 28, is 81-61 with a 3.65 ERA in eight major league seasons, all with the Dodgers.

The Dodgers have gone from a surplus of starting pitching to a deficit in a span of 10 days.

First Zack Greinke broke his collarbone in a confrontation at the mound with San Diego's Carlos Quentin. Then Chris Capuano went on the disabled list with a hamstring injury before Billingsley was forced to the DL.

The Dodgers previously had traded starter Aaron Harang to Colorado on April 6 when it became apparent there wasn't a spot for him in the rotation.

Manager Don Mattingly said the Dodgers expect to learn more about the severity of Billingsley's injury after he has an MRI on his elbow.