Chad Billingsley pitched to hitters for two pain-free innings Monday, a sign that he may be able to avoid reconstructive elbow surgery this off-season. "It looks like he's going to be ready for the 2013 season," said Dave Stewart, Billingsley's agent. Billingsley sat out the final month of the season because of a partially torn ligament in his right elbow and faced the possibility of a ligament-replacement operation that would sideline him next season. If healthy, Billingsley figures to be the Dodgers' No. 2 starter behind Clayton Kershaw. Billingsley will continue his normal off-season throwing program to prepare himself for spring training. Billingsley touched 94 mph with his fastball and threw an assortment of pitches, including his four-seamer, two-seamer, curveball and changeup. Billingsley threw 35 to 40 pitches. This was Billingsley's second time throwing off a mound since he was injured. The first time was Friday. "Very, very promising," Stewart said. "Chad is a pretty subdued guy, but he was as excited as he could get."
Dodgers' Chad Billingsley throws without pain
Los Angeles Times | Oct 30