Apr 24, 2010, 9:50 PM EST
Ted Lilly was activated from the 15-day disabled list on Saturday afternoon and tossed six scoreless innings against the division rival Cubs. He should help revitalize a Chicago rotation that has lost a bit of its identity since the demotion of Carlos Zambrano to the bullpen.
Lilly went 12-9 with a career-best 3.10 ERA and a 1.06 WHIP last season for the
Cubs and was even named to the All-Star game mid-summer. He’s getting a late start this year due to back and shoulder issues that killed his ability to get ready during spring training.
In a corresponding move, reliever Jeff Samardzija was optioned to Triple-A Iowa. He has been awful this year on the big league level and the Cubs are hoping some appearances against lesser competition will boost his confidence. The club is also considering grooming him as a starter while he is down in the minor league ranks.
- Blue Jays sign Dayan Viciedo to a minor league deal 8
- Chris Sale will be sidelined for three weeks with foot fracture 11
- Aramis Ramirez says 2015 will be his last year 32
- Francisco Rodriguez re-signs with the Brewers 9
- If addiction is an illness — and it is — Josh Hamilton shouldn’t be suspended 307
- Pirates open to massive extension for Andrew McCutchen 18
- Report: Josh Hamilton had a relapse this offseason that “involved at least cocaine” 86
- Yankees don’t plan on having to pay A-Rod’s $30 million in home run milestone bonuses 52
- If addiction is an illness — and it is — Josh Hamilton shouldn’t be suspended (307)
- Curt Schilling lowers the boom on some men tweeting threats against his daughter (134)
- San Francisco — and all of California — will consider a smokeless tobacco ban that includes MLB parks (131)
- Ichiro is happy to be away from Joe Girardi (88)
- Report: Josh Hamilton had a relapse this offseason that “involved at least cocaine” (86)