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Ted Lilly’s sore left elbow has “been off and on for a while”

Jul 5, 2011, 1:20 PM EDT

Ted Lilly

Ted Lilly has allowed six runs in each of his last three starts and had his next turn in the rotation pushed back a day because of what Ken Gurnick of calls “a tender left elbow.”

And even while trying to downplay the injury’s impact on his recent performance Lilly told Gurnick that his elbow has “been off and on for a while.”

He’s had to skip several between-start bullpen sessions, so another poor outing tonight against the Mets could force the Dodgers to shut him down in the hopes of actually letting him get past the elbow problems rather than simply continuing to pitch through them.

Lilly has a 4.97 ERA overall, which would be his worst mark since 2005 and includes a 7.01 ERA since June 1. And the Dodgers still owe the 35-year-old left-hander $10.5 million in 2012 and $12 million in 2013.

  1. spudchukar - Jul 5, 2011 at 1:25 PM

    Making him the $22 million dollar man. Eat your heart out Lee Majors.

  2. SmackSaw - Jul 5, 2011 at 1:37 PM

    It’s going to be a long time before the Dodgers are viable again. What a mess.

  3. dodger88 - Jul 5, 2011 at 2:22 PM

    Dodger’s mess aside, Lilly, Garland & Padilla are examples of how a team can never have too much pitching. I loved how back in the spring the Phillies had too much pitching, at least amongst the starting staff and yet two (Oswalt & Blanton) have spent time on the DL. Sure the Dodger’s three are on the wrong side of 30 so durability could/should have been a question, we also see young seemingly healthy pitchers (i.e. Adam Wainwright) get sidelined for short or long periods of time with little or no warning. There’s a reason why retreads like the Ortiz boys keep on finding a home.

    • SmackSaw - Jul 5, 2011 at 2:50 PM

      It’s too bad the Dodgers can’t afford to replace any of them.

  4. jpeetey - Jul 5, 2011 at 4:53 PM

    You can, however, have too much aging, overpaid, injury-prone pitching. I didn’t have a problem with the Garland signing, but it’s tough to defend the rest of what the Dodgers did this offseason.

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