Chad Billingsley may pitch Tuesday

LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Dodgers avoided another significant injury Monday when MRI results on Dodgers pitcher Chad Billingsley's elbow confirmed the initial diagnosis of right flexor tendon inflammation.

Billingsley was scratched from his start Sunday against the San Diego Padres after experiencing pain in his right elbow Saturday night.

Before Monday's game against the Philadelphia Phillies, Billingsley played catch and Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said he was not going to rule him out from starting Tuesday.

"We'll see how he feels playing catch," Mattingly said. "We'll make that decision later."

Billingsley, 4-9 with a 4.30 ERA, said he felt good before the MRI and was hoping to avoid a trip to the disabled list.

"It was a nice MRI, a good MRI," Mattingly said. "He's going to play catch today and we'll see where he's at and we'll make a decision later on, but we really feel good about the MRI and he kind of felt that way anyway. We were the ones that wanted to make sure it wasn't serious and be cautious. He felt it was normal stuff he deals with all along."