Dodgers Place Chad Billingsley on Disabled List

The right-hander will be replaced on the roster by rookie Stephen Fife

By Steven Covelman
|  Tuesday, Jul 17, 2012  |  Updated 4:14 PM PDT
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Chad Billingsley is headed to the disabled list and can be reactived as early as July 23.

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The Los Angeles Dodgers placed starting pitcher Chad Billingsley on the 15-day disabled list with right elbow inflammation Tuesday afternoon.

Billingsley, whose move to the disabled list is retroactive to July 8, will be eligible to return on July 23.

In 18 starts this season, Billingsley has posted a 4-9 record with a 4.30 ERA. 

Right-hander Stephen Fife was recalled from Triple-A Albuquerque to start against the Philadelphia Phillies Tuesday night. It will be his major league debut.

Fife, who was acquired from the Boston Red Sox at last year’s trading deadline, has a 7-5 record with a 4.53 ERA in the minor leagues this season.

The announcement of Billingsley’s injury comes days after Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier were activated.

After a torrid April that saw them start the season with the second best record in baseball, the Dodgers are now 32-36 since May 1.

They are two games back of the San Francisco Giants in the NL West and two games back of the Pittsburgh Pirates for the final wild card spot.

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