Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Billingsley is back as Federowicz is sent down

As expected, the Dodgers made official the roster move of activating Chad Billingsley to start on Wednesday.  He will be replacing Tim Federowicz, who became expendable once the Dodgers acquired Ramon Hernandez from the Rockies on Saturday to be A.J. Ellis's backup catcher.

Billingsley made a rehab start five days ago for Class A Rancho Cucamonga, so he's right on schedule to throw against the Padres.  Last season he went 10-9 with a 3.55 ERA and 1.29 WHIP in 29 starts.  He was shelved late in the year with elbow problems, but avoided surgery.  His latest injury was a bruised right index finger after attempting a bunt in Spring Training.

Federwicz only made one start this season, going 0-for-3 with a walk against the Pirates last Sunday.  The Dodgers seemed to be satisfied with the Ellis-Federowicz combo in the spring, but that's obviously changed.  Maybe the Dodgers got the best offer they could for Aaron Harang, so they went with another catcher in Hernandez.  Or maybe they just don't think much of Fed.

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