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Rehab start, return to action set for Billingsley

Rehab start, return to action set for Billingsley

LOS ANGELES -- Injured Dodgers pitcher Chad Billingsley will make a rehab start Thursday night for Class A Rancho Cucamonga and expects to start for the Dodgers on April 10 at San Diego.

Billingsley, whose bruised right index finger has made throwing curveballs troublesome, said he needs another outing after a six-inning Minor League start Friday at Camelback Ranch.

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"I just wasn't as consistent as I wanted to be," he said. "It shouldn't take long at all. It's been almost two weeks. I just want to get a better feel for it."

Billingsley's injury also allowed management to delay one of its difficult roster decisions by stashing starter Aaron Harang in the bullpen temporarily.

The Dodgers will slide Billingsley into the rotation between third starter Josh Beckett and fourth starter Zack Greinke.

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

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