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Ted Lilly could replace Zack Greinke in Dodgers’ rotation

Apr 12, 2013, 11:51 AM EDT

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As of yesterday afternoon the Dodgers were pondering what to do with Ted Lilly now that he’s ready to come off the disabled list, but Zack Greinke‘s fractured collarbone seemingly answers that question.

Lilly has been building up arm strength in the minors as he comes back from September shoulder surgery, logging 90 pitches in a Triple-A start Wednesday.

Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports that the Dodgers think Lilly would be less suited for a bullpen role than Chris Capuano, another veteran starter currently working as a reliever because of the team’s rotation depth. Capuano relieved Greinke last night and could be called on to fill in for him, but if Lilly is deemed ready he seems like the pick.

  1. nineroutsider - Apr 12, 2013 at 12:36 PM

    He’s very capable, but he’s no Greinke. Unfortunate for the Dodgers; what strange luck they have. Kemp better not go down in July per usual or this team won’t be able to keep up with the champs.

    • kingscourt25 - Apr 12, 2013 at 12:42 PM

      per usual? He’s been on the DL once in his 6 year career…

      • nineroutsider - Apr 12, 2013 at 1:26 PM

        My mistake, he missed so much time last year and slumped so hard in 2010 that I have come to think of him as injury prone. Once in six years…yeah I’m wrong.

  2. beavertonsteve - Apr 12, 2013 at 12:45 PM

    Lilly is 37, but he has been extremely effective for LA in the last 3 years (even in the few games he pitched last year). Those two minor league starts look ugly though. I hope Capuano is ready to jump in if Lilly doesn’t return to form.

    • madhatternalice - Apr 12, 2013 at 1:41 PM

      It’s true, he’s sort of hit his sweet zone over the last few years. He’s a control pitcher, not a strikeout pitcher, and continues to be effective, even at 37. I wish him the best of luck this season!

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