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Dodgers spring training 2013: Chad Billingsley throws 5 innings in simulated game

Billingsley threw to minor leaguers on Wednesday in a simulated game on the back fields at Camelback Ranch, and Craig Minami was there to watch.


Wednesday was an off day at Camelback Ranch for the Dodgers, but Chad Billingsley showed up to throw five innings in a simulated game against minor leaguers on the back fields, to stay on rotation. It was Billingsley's fourth outing of the spring, and he continues to experience no issues with his health.

"Everything felt great with the groin, I had no issues with that. My arm felt great today, everything was good," Billingsley said. "I had good command of all my pitches."

Billingsley experienced tightness in his groin over the weekend but was still able to make his scheduled bullpen session on Sunday. He has not reported any discomfort or pain in his right elbow throughout the spring, and is as normal a member of the starting rotation as someone with a partial ligament tear in his elbow could be.

"Today was my fourth time out. My arm is feeling good, I'm stretching it out a little bit, just getting ready for the regular season," he said.

Billingsley said he threw all of his pitches on Wednesday but was specifically working on throwing more change ups.

Many in the starting rotation will have five days rest before their next start, including Clayton Kershaw, Hyun-jin Ryu, and Josh Beckett. But with the uncertainty of Zack Greinke's return to starting, Billingsley's next start date is in flux.

Up next for Billingsley is a bullpen session either Friday or Saturday, depending on when he starts next.