A very thin starting LA rotation is about to get thinner. The Los Angeles Dodgers placed RHP Chad Billingsley on the 15-day DL because of a groin strain—the move is retroactive to June 12th.

Billingsley has had a real up and down season in 2010. In his first six starts the Dodger righty was 2-2 with a 5.06 ERA. Then, in his next 5 starts, Billingsley went 4-0 with a 2.45 ERA. Over his last two starts, Billingsley is 0-2 with a 7.71 ERA.

So as you can see, not everything has been roses for Billingsley in 2010.

With Billingsley hurt, the Dodgers will now have a rotation that features Clayton Kershaw, Hiroki Kuroda, John Ely, Ronald Belisario, and Vincente Padilla (back on Saturday). That is mediocre at best.

Of course, the Dodgers will survive this because that is the way things go for ball clubs led by Joe Torre. Even if the Dodgers lose their entire pitching staff to injury, Torre will find someone to plug in who will go 10-0 with a 2.55 ERA down the stretch.

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