Chad Billingsley makes first rehab appearance since April

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Barring any setbacks, Billingsley's next start with be for the Quakes on Friday in Lancaster.

Chad Billingsley made his return to a competitive game as he returned to LoanMart Field at Rancho Cucamonga for a 30 pitch rehab start.  The numbers: 1⅔ innings, one run, two hits, a walk, a HBP and two strikeouts were not Billingsley main concern.

"It felt good to back out there, working on things, trying to get back," Bilingsley said.

Billingsley noted that he didn't use everything, only a fastball, change, and curveball, and was told he topped out around 93 mph.

Billingsley recalled that back in April, he could not finish the second inning as he felt something pop.

"But today, I was able to complete the 30 pitches, hopefully recover well tomorrow, a little tired and be out there again on Friday," said Billingsley.

Billingsley said his next start if everything is right will be in Lancaster on Friday night.  Billingsley will go back to Camelback Ranch in Arizona to train as the Dodgers are in Cincinnati until Friday.

Billingsley hit a batter with curveball in the second inning, Billingsley said "he was just trying to slow things down with that pitch."

Billingsley said he did not throw a baseball after his PRP injection for a week or two but since then has been throwing a lot and had those two simulation games before Sunday's appearance.

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