The Los Angeles Dodgers placed right-handed pitcher Chad Billingsley on the 15-day disabled list with pain his his right elbow and recalled Stephen Fife from Class AAA Albuquerque to start Sunday's game against the Baltimore Orioles.
Billingsley, 28, made only 25 starts in 2012 due to elbow tightness he began to experience in August, and finished the season on the 60-day disabled list. He made his 2013 debut just six days ago due to a bruised index finger he suffered during spring training.
Manager Don Mattingly admitted the team is concerned about Billingsley's latest injury. He avoided surgery after last year's elbow issues, taking several platelet-rich injections. However, it's not yet known if he'll be able to avoid surgery this time around.
Billingsley made two starts after recovering from the finger injury, but said his arm didn't bounce back as well as he had hoped following his first outing.
"As far as what's wrong? I don't know," said Billingsley, per MLB.com. "Last year, I felt it on a certain pitch right on the ligament. This time, between starts (it was) right in the elbow. Honestly, I don't know what the deal is."
With Zack Greinke (broken collarbone) and Chris Capuano (pulled calf muscle) also sidelined, the Dodgers were forced to recall Fife. Fife was 0-2 with a 2.70 ERA in five starts for the Dodgers last season, and was 1-1 with a 4.61 ERA for the Isotopes so far this season.