Chad Billingsley sustained a partially torn elbow ligament late last season. Instead of doing the smart thing (have surgery), Bills gambled that some experimental therapy would fix it. Didn’t work.
Bills made two starts this year, injured the elbow worse, and now is headed for surgery. He’ll be out 12 months.
So instead of having the procedure last summer and being ready to pitch late this season (when he could have been useful in a pennant race), Bills will have surgery this week and be back next May.
He wasted the entire offseason when he could have been healing. Dumb.