LOS ANGELES (CBS) The Los Angeles Dodgers have placed starter Chad Billingsley to the 60-Day disabled list with an injured right elbow, said in a statement by the club Wednesday.

The right-handed thrower, who had some elbow pain after throwing 3 1/3 innings against the Marlins, will end his season with a record of 10-9 and an ERA of 3.55.

”I threw a cutter inside to (Rob) Brantley that didn’t feel real good, then I threw a couple more pitches and felt uncomfortable,” Billingsley said. ”I decided I didn’t want to hurt it any worse, so I tried to be smart about it and called (pitching coach Rick Honeycutt) out and told him I’m not feeling too good. They told me to just let it rest and go from there.”

There is a strong possibility Billingsley will have to undergo Tommy John surgery.

This will be huge blow for the Dodgers’ starting rotation since Billingsley was riding a 6-game winning streak.

The Dodgers, who trail the Giants by 4.5 games with 26 games left, will call up left-handed pitcher Steven Rodriguez from Double-A Chattanooga.

Rodriquez, 21, has gone 1-0 with five saves and a 0.92 ERA (2 ER/19.2 IP) in 21 combined relief appearances with Single-A Great Lakes and Double-A Chattanooga in his first professional season after being selected by the Dodgers in the second round (82nd overall) of the June First-Year Player Draft out of the University of Florida.


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