Ted Lilly to join Dodgers rotation

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The veteran left-handed pitcher will replace Chris Capuano in the Dodgers' rotation.

Veteran left-handed pitcher Ted Lilly will start for the Dodgers on Wednesday against the New York Mets, replacing the injured Chris Capuano in the team's rotation.

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Lilly opened the season on the disabled list for the Dodgers, as he was still recovering from shoulder surgery that he underwent last season. The southpaw made three rehab starts; Dodgers' management wanted Lilly to make additional rehab starts, but the pressing situation at the major league level took precedent.

Los Angeles placed Capuano on the 15-day disabled list Thursday. The starting pitcher suffered a strained left calf muscle while attempting to cover first base in his first start of the season.

Capuano joined the rotation because the Dodgers had to place Zack Greinke on the disabled list with a fractured collarbone. Greinke injured his collarbone when Carlos Quentin rammed into the pitcher during the brawl between the Dodgers and the San Diego Padres.

Lilly is entering his fifteenth season as a major league starter. The lefty's best seasons came when he was pitching for the Chicago Cubs, but Lilly gave the Dodgers quality innings before suffering his shoulder injury last season. Lilly posted a 3.14 ERA in 48.2 innings last season, following up 3.97 ERA in 192.2 innings in 2011.

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