Dodgers' Chad Billingsley to undergo season-ending surgery

Dodgers' Chad Billingsley to undergo season-ending surgery
Chad Billingsley will have surgery to repair a partially torn flexor tendon in his right elbow, ending his season and possibly his time with the Dodgers. (Jae C. Hong / Associated Press)

Chad Billingsley will undergo surgery next week to repair a partially torn flexor tendon in his right elbow, ending his season and possibly his tenure with the Dodgers.

Billingsley made the decision after a conversation Sunday with team physician Neal ElAttrache.

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"It's the best chance I'll be able to pitch next year," Billingsley said.

Billingsley failed to return from an operation he underwent last year to repair a torn ulnar collateral ligament.

Billingsley said if he rehabilitates his flexor tendon instead of having it surgically repaired, there is significant chance he could reinjure his ulnar collateral ligament. That would require him to undergo a second Tommy John operation.

"The percentages weren't in my favor," Billingsley said. "It was really playing with fire."

Billingsley said he expects to be sidelined for six months.

Billingsley, 29, is in the last year of a three-year, $35-million deal and will likely be a free agent this winter. His contract includes a $14-million team option for next season that the Dodgers are expected to buy out for $3 million.