The Los Angeles Dodgers started the 2013 season in an enviable position—they had veteran starters in abundance.
Their mettle is now being tested, as that abundance is now a shortage.
The Dodgers announced on Tuesday that starting pitcher Chad Billingsley will undergo Tommy John surgery on Wednesday, ending his season. It was another setback for a team that's already seen its share early on. The Dodgers will be tested for sure.
Teams can use injuries as a rallying cry. When first baseman Joey Votto went down with a knee injury after the All-Star break last season, the Cincinnati Reds were 33-16 during his absence. A number of players stepped up at different times to help pick up the slack.
Whether or not the Dodgers can mimic last year's Reds team remains to be seen—they have a few other injury concerns as well.
Billinglsey's season-ending surgery isn't the only debilitating injury to occur this month. We'll take a look at several other serious injuries and rank them accordingly in terms of the strain it places on their team.