Chad Billingsley heading to the disabled list with groin strain
Chad Billingsley is headed to the 15-day disabled list with a strained right groin, a move that will result in rookie Carlos Monasterios remaining in the Dodgers' rotation.
Monasterios was expected to be moved to the bullpen on Saturday, when the Dodgers are expected to activate opening day starter Vicente Padilla in Boston. The Dodgers are planning to call up right-handed reliever Travis Schlichting from triple-A Albuquerque on Wednesday to replace Billingsley on the active roster.
Billingsley said he was hurt in his last start, a loss to the Angels on Friday in which he was charged with seven runs and nine hits in 5 2/3 innings.
"In the sixth inning, I threw a pitch, I just felt it grab," he said.
Billingsley underwent an MRI exam on Sunday that revealed no structural damage, but he was unable to throw his regularly scheduled bullpen session Tuesday without significant discomfort.
Billingsley said he has had problems with his groin dating back to 2004.
-- Dylan Hernandez in Cincinnati