6/15/2014 2:36 A.M. ET
Billingsley undecided on next step for elbow tear
Dodgers pitcher facing lengthy recovery with either injection or surgery
By Ken Gurnick / MLB.com
LOS ANGELES -- Chad Billingsley said he hasn't made a final decision whether to undergo elbow surgery again or try to rehab a partially torn right flexor tendon, but either way his season is probably over and possibly his Dodgers career, too.
"There's a very, very, very slim chance I can pitch again [this year]," he said.
Billingsley said he's "not ready to accept the season's over," however, he sounded like he is leaning toward surgery to repair the tear, but he first wants to meet with surgeon Neal ElAttrache, who is expected back in town Saturday night or Sunday.
Other than surgery, Billingsley said the primary alternative is stem-cell injection and rehab, which offers a possible return near season's end, but with no guarantee the injection will heal the tear or keep it from getting much worse.
"I run a big risk if I rehab it because if it fails, the Tommy John [repair could] fail," said Billingsley. "They both work hand in hand."
The flexor tendon runs alongside the ulnar collateral ligament that was replaced last year in a Tommy John procedure. If the flexor tendon tears further after an injection and rehab, it could compromise the repaired ligament.
Billingsley said he's spoken with teammate Brian Wilson, who had flexor tendon surgery before needing two Tommy John operations.
Billingsley, 29, is receiving $12 million in the final guaranteed year of a three-year, $35 million contract that includes a $3 million buyout or $14 million salary for 2015.
An All-Star in 2009, he hasn't pitched for the Dodgers since April 15, 2013. He twice had rehab assignments shut down because of discomfort, which turned out to be the flexor tendon injury, diagnosed the first time as tendinitis.
Lasorda, coaches attend funeral for Welch
LOS ANGELES -- Hall of Fame manager Tommy Lasorda was joined by coaches Rick Honeycutt, Mark McGwire, Ken Howell and Steve Yeager, and visiting clubhouse manager Jerry Turner as Dodgers representatives at the funeral of Bob Welch on Saturday in Scottsdale, Ariz.
All were expected to return to Dodger Stadium in time for Saturday night's game with the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Welch, a pitcher in the Dodgers organization for the first 11 years of his career, died Monday at the age of 57 of an apparent heart attack, according to the club.
Tony La Russa led a contingent of Arizona representatives at the funeral of Welch, who was the D-backs' pitching coach when they won the World Series in 2001.
Figgins on DL with quad strain; Triunfel called up
LOS ANGELES -- With third baseman Juan Uribe still on the disabled list and backup Justin Turner hobbled by a strained calf, the Dodgers on Saturday placed infielder Chone Figgins on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left quad muscle and recalled infielder Carlos Triunfel from Triple-A Albuquerque.
Figgins started at third base and played the entire game Friday night, but was injured running to first on an eighth-inning sacrifice bunt.
"I felt it pop running to first, but it wasn't bad and I finished the game," said Figgins. "When I woke up today, I couldn't walk. I got in the pool and it got better as the day went on, and I can walk on it. Maybe it won't be too bad."
For Saturday night's game against Arizona, Miguel Rojas started at third base.
Figgins was batting .217 with a .373 on-base percentage in 38 games, having made the Dodgers as a non-roster player after missing the 2013 season.
Triunfel, claimed off waivers from Seattle in April, was hitting .212 at Albuquerque. He spent one day with the Dodgers in April (did not play) and had brief Major League callups with Seattle in 2012 and 2013.
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.