Dodgers Report

Dodgers in better shape to withstand injuries
There are some eerie similarities. The Dodgers began the 2013 season winning six of their first 10 games, precisely as they have done this year.In the ninth game of 2013, Zack Greinke broke his collarbone in a fight with Carlos Quentin in San Diego.

Billingsley lifted after one inning
LOS ANGELES -- Los Angeles Dodgers right-hander Chad Billingsley was lifted for precautionary reasons after only one inning in his first rehabilitation appearance since having Tommy John surgery last year.

Billingsley maybe a month from return
LOS ANGELES – Chad Billingsley just might re-join the Dodgers rotation before Clayton Kershaw does.Billingsley begins a minor-league rehab assignment Sunday for Class-A Rancho Cucamonga and said he has five starts planned.

Chad Billingsley to face hitters next week
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Chad Billingsley might be the happiest player in Dodgers’ camp these days.After 11 months of laborious rehab and 16 bullpen sessions, he is about to face hitters again.

Dan Haren leads a revitalized back of the rotation
Three or four years ago, Dan Haren could overpower hitters and, when they began to get on his 93-mph fastball, throw a split-finger pitch that would make them look foolish.

Do the Dodgers need another starting pitcher?
LOS ANGELES -- If you suspect that Dan Haren won’t bounce back or that Josh Beckett and Chad Billingsley won’t regain their arm strength after surgery, you could argue that starting pitching depth is one of the Dodgers’ weaknesses heading into spring training.

Dodgers call up Scott Van Slyke
LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers selected the contract of minor-league slugger Scott Van Slyke before their game Friday with the Miami Marlins to try to add a little pop to their struggling bench.

Quick take: Dodgers can survive pitching crunch
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Clayton Kershaw is the kind of pitcher who can soothe a lot of stressed-out baseball fans and team executives.You know what else can calm down a group of people whose heads are spinning over the sudden churning up of the Los Angeles Dodgers' pitching depth?

Billingsley's out: The blows keep coming
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The math is elementary. Eight minus four equals worrisome.The Los Angeles Dodgers figured they had eight starting pitchers when they got back from Arizona.

So far, the Dodgers haven't quieted many doubters
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LOS ANGELES -- Even entering this season of soaring expectations, the Los Angeles Dodgers left many people in baseball wondering how a team with a record payroll could have so many unanswered questions.

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