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Dodgers designate left-hander Ted Lilly for assignment

Jul 25, 2013, 8:45 PM EDT

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The Dodgers announced this evening that they have designated left-hander Ted Lilly for assignment in order to clear a spot for utility player Elian Herrera on the active roster.

Lilly was just activated from the disabled list yesterday after missing the most of the past two months with a chronic neck condition. However, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly told Pedro Moura of the Orange County Register that they ultimately didn’t see him as a fit out of the bullpen.

Lilly, who was originally drafted by the Dodgers in 1996, returned to the organization via trade from the Cubs in July of 2010 and was eventually retained on a three-year, $33 million contract. While he had a 3.97 ERA in 33 starts with the Dodgers in 2011, he has been limited to just 13 starts over the past two seasons. The 37-year-old is a near-lock to pass through waivers unclaimed, as no team will want to take on his salary, but he should draw interest once he can sign elsewhere for the major league minimum.

  1. pop562 - Jul 25, 2013 at 8:52 PM

    Sorry to see you go Lilly but at age 37 and haven’t played for the past 2 months because of neck issues…the Dodgers need to move on.

    • castillo_ken - Jul 26, 2013 at 3:16 PM

      Dude he’s only made 13 starts in two years it was time to go

  2. proudlycanadian - Jul 25, 2013 at 9:41 PM

    John Gibbons says goodbye.

  3. bfunk1978 - Jul 25, 2013 at 9:55 PM

    Good bye, Ted “Theodore” Lilly. I will miss you.

  4. tuberippin - Jul 25, 2013 at 10:13 PM

    I remember him pitching for the Yankees a decade ago. I’m surprised he made it as far as he has.

  5. castillo_ken - Jul 26, 2013 at 3:17 PM

    8 Starts in 2012 and 5 Starts in 2013 and he’s 37 years old, it was time to let the Lilly Go

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