The Los Angeles Dodgers entered the regular season with what some considered to be too much starting pitching. The baseball gods quickly showed them this isn't a reality, and they'll now have to find a fill in for injured right-hander Zack Greinke. While Chris Capuano relieved Greinke last night, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com believes the Dodgers may view Ted Lilly as a better option for the rotation.
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Lilly started the year on the disabled list in order to give him additional time to build up his arm strength. He logged 90 pitches for Los Angeles' Triple-A club on Wednesday night, and the team must soon make a decision on what to do with the veteran.
LA seems comfortable using Capuano as a swing man and reliever out of the bullpen. Gurnick notes that they may not be as interested in utilizing Lilly in a similar role, given the left-hander's delicate shoulder.
Lilly will once again test his arm today by throwing a bullpen session. If all goes well, the Dodgers could plug him into their rotation to fill in for Greinke as he recovers from his broken collarbone.
Appearing in eight games last season, Lilly posted an ERA of 3.14. He started 33 games for the Dodgers in 2011 -- while maintaining an ERA of 3.97 -- and he owns a career ERA of 4.13 over 14 seasons in the majors.