Billingsley's groin feels fine after simulated game

Billingsley's groin feels fine after simulated game

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Chad Billingsley was impressive in a five-inning simulated game Wednesday against Minor League hitters, showing no effects of a minor right groin strain.

With the rest of the Dodgers getting a scheduled day off, Billingsley stayed on his regular throwing cycle by making 76 pitches to four Minor League hitters -- Rusty Ryal, Nick Evans, Rafael Ynoa and Dallas McPherson.

"It was good. Everything felt good," said Billingsley, who continued to throw as if last year's partially torn elbow ligament never happened. "My arm felt good. It's a good off-day."

This was the equivalent of a fourth start this spring for Billingsley, who appears to slot in as the Dodgers' No. 4 starter behind Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke and Josh Beckett. But Greinke's status is uncertain because of soreness in the back of his right elbow.

Also Wednesday, reliever Javy Guerra played catch and reported no stiffness in his right groin muscle. He said he's hopeful of returning to game action by Friday.

Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.