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Dodgers' Chad Billingsley to pitch in minor leagues Sunday

Dodgers' Chad Billingsley to pitch in minor leagues Sunday
Chad Billingsley, shown in an April 2013 appearance, is more than 13 months removed from elbow surgery and unlikely to return to the rotation before the All-Star break as he hoped. (Jae C. Hong / Associated Press)
Chad Billingsley

will start a rehabilitation assignment Sunday with Class-A Rancho Cucamonga, according to

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Dodgers

Manager

Don Mattingly

.

Billingsley is more than 13 months removed from reconstructive elbow surgery.

Billingsley’s last rehabilitation assignment, in April, ended prematurely when he felt something wasn't right in his surgically repaired elbow. Scar tissue had broken up, leading to tendinitis.

Billingsley is scheduled to throw 30 pitches.

In other news, the Dodgers figured to be without assistant hitting coach John Valentin against the Rockies on Saturday after he was struck by a ball in an indoor batting cage. Valentin, who was hit near his left eye, remained conscious but was taken to a nearby hospital to be examined.

The ball was hit by

Andre Ethier

, who also struck Sandy Koufax with a foul ball during

spring training

.

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