By Eric Schmidt

Coming off an elbow injury and eyeing a starting job for the Los Angeles Dodgers this season, P Chad Billingsley told reporters on Tuesday that he’s not concerned about his elbow injury heading into this season. Billingsley has been battling a torn ligament in his elbow and opted not to have Tommy John surgery this offseason. The pitcher instead chose platelet-rich injections over surgery this offseason.

Speaking to reporters, Billingsley said he feels great and is looking forward to the 2013 season.

“I feel normal. There wasn’t a time in the offseason when I felt like I didn’t know if it would hold up. I know some people think it’s an issue, but I don’t. I came to Spring Training not worried about it.”

Billingsley started 25 games for the Dodgers last season and finished with a 10-9 overall record while posting a 3.55 ERA in 149.1 innings pitched. Even though he feels healthy, a spot in the starting rotation is not guaranteed with eight pitchers vying for five jobs.

Billingsley has worked out of the bullpen previously in his career, but told reporters he is not even thinking of that prospect currently.

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