Ted Lilly will make a rehabilitation start for Single-A Rancho Cucamonga on Wednesday. If you feel like you’ve read that sentence before, it’s because you have. Lilly has made six starts for the Quakes between this season and last, and 10 starts for the Dodgers during the same time period.
In two starts for Rancho Cucamonga earlier this season, Lilly went 0-2 with a 6.55 ERA.
This time, Lilly is attempting to come back from a strained right ribcage muscle, which Lilly said hasn’t caused him pain since Monday. The 37-year-old left-hander said he will throw up to 75 pitches.
The Dodgers’ rotation has been battered by injuries this season. Josh Beckett, who was scheduled to start Sunday in Atlanta, is a candidate to go on the disabled list with a groin injury, manager Don Mattingly confirmed Tuesday.
The Dodgers haven’t gotten much out of Beckett (0-5, 5.19 ERA), Triple-A call-up Matt Magill (0-0, 6.92) or Chris Capuano (1-2, 6.60). They are rumored to be interested in free agent Jonathan Sanchez. So there could be room for Lilly in the Dodgers’ rotation once he is cleared to pitch.
Scott Elbert is expected to pitch an inning in relief of Lilly. It will be his third rehab outing as he attempts to come back from elbow surgery.