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Ted Lilly scratched from rehab start after setback with shoulder

Aug 3, 2012, 8:25 PM EDT

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The Dodgers acquired Joe Blanton from the Phillies late this afternoon in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations. While it’s certainly not the flashiest of moves, the acquisition makes even more sense now that Eric Stephen of True Blue L.A. is reporting that Ted Lilly was scratched from a rehab appearance with High-A Rancho Cucamonga tonight due to a setback with his shoulder.

Lilly went 5-1 with a 3.14 ERA and 31/19 K/BB ratio over his first eight starts this season prior to being placed on the disabled list on May 24 due to left shoulder inflammation. The veteran southpaw tossed two scoreless innings in his first rehab appearance on Sunday, but the shoulder has apparently cropped up again this week. The hope is that he’ll be able to throw a bullpen session at some point in the next few days, but he’s obviously not anywhere close to coming off the disabled list.

As of now, the Dodgers will go with Clayton Kershaw, Chad Billingsley, Chris Capuano, Aaron Harang and Blanton in their rotation. They were reportedly awarded claiming rights today on left-hander Cliff Lee and have three days to complete a trade with the Phillies, but a deal is considered unlikely.

  1. manchestermiracle - Aug 5, 2012 at 9:59 PM

    For a club that has historically relied on outstanding pitching over the years they are certainly having their problems in that department. Kershaw isn’t the same as he was last year, Billingsley is maddeningly inconsistent (just like last year) and the rest are band-aids at best. At least Lilly started off well before getting hurt. The Dodgers won’t make the playoffs and pitching will be the reason. They struggled to beat the Cubs today because their relievers couldn’t hold a lead if their lives depended on it.

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