CINCINNATI -- Injured Dodgers starter Chad Billingsley played catch Friday for the first time since receiving a pair of injections as he attempts to avoid Tommy John surgery for a partially torn elbow ligament.
Billingsley would not speak with reporters, but manager Don Mattingly said, "Chad felt good. This is the first time he's thrown since he walked off."
That was Aug. 24, when Billingsley felt something give in his elbow while pitching against the Marlins at Dodger Stadium and on a six-game win streak.
He has since had two platelet-rich plasma injections to accelerate the healing process and four weeks of rest. Billingsley will essentially go through a Spring Training regimen to see if his elbow holds up. If not, he will have Tommy John reconstruction and miss the entire 2013 season.
Victorino sits out opener with sore left wrist
CINCINNATI -- Dodgers outfielder Shane Victorino was out of the lineup Friday night with a sore left wrist. Juan Rivera started in his place.
Victorino said he was injured hitting the wall while chasing Danny Espinosa's fourth-inning double in the corner Thursday night against the Nationals in Washington.
The veteran said it didn't bother him during the game but stiffened up by the time the team reached its hotel after midnight, and it was worse Friday when he awoke.
Victorino said no X-rays or other tests have been taken and he's optimistic he'll return in a day or two.
"We were going to hit today, but decided to give it a day and let it calm down," he said. "I don't think it's that bad."
Lilly undergoes successful surgery on shoulder
CINCINNATI -- Dodgers pitcher Ted Lilly underwent arthroscopic surgery Friday to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder. He is expected to resume throwing in six to eight weeks and be ready for Spring Training.
Dr. Neal ElAttrache performed the 30-minute debridement procedure at Kerlan-Jobe Surgical Center. The club announced that the surgery went as expected.
The 36-year-old Lilly, signed through 2013, had not pitched since May 23 in Arizona, when he walked five and couldn't get out of the fourth inning.
But prior to that he was 5-0 with a 1.79 ERA, off to the best start of his career and in the conversation for an All-Star berth.
Lilly underwent a similar shoulder cleanup operation Nov. 3, 2009, and spent the first three weeks of the 2010 season on the disabled list while making two Minor League rehab starts before being activated by the Cubs. He was traded to the Dodgers on July 31, 2010.
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.