Daily Distractions: Gauging Brian Wilson’s progress.

Brian Wilson

The Rancho Cucamonga Quakes had fun with this photo on Instagram yesterday. When Brian Wilson was asked for thoughts on his Single-A manager, the pitcher replied “he’s a dinosaur.” Not really. That’s my fake caption.

A reporter said to Brian Wilson yesterday, “The clock had you throwing at 91. Is that satisfying for you?” Wilson, the most-watched Rancho Cucamonga Quake in a while, replied, “for now.”

Wilson is expected to make his next rehab appearance on Friday for Triple-A Albuquerque after his 8-pitch, 1-2-3 inning last night at Rancho Cucamonga.

Eight pitches is enough for a photo op, but not really enough to draw a conclusion about the type of pitcher he will be if (and when) he pitches for the Dodgers. During the 2011 season, the last time Wilson was an effective major-league pitcher, his fastball was in the 88-97 mph range and his slider 83-95 – often with tremendous movement. Yesterday, Wilson’s slider was clocked in the 86-87 range, his fastball at 91-93. Good enough to pitch a 1-2-3, 8-pitch inning at the Single-A level. Sure, that’s good enough for now.

But the better test — maybe with less media attention — will come at Albuquerque.

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Dodgers designate Ted Lilly for assignment and recall Elian Herrera.

Ted Lilly

Ted Lilly spent more time on the disabled list than the Dodgers’ active roster this season, going 0-2 in five starts. (Associated Press)

The Dodgers designated Ted Lilly for assignment Thursday, ending the 37-year-old pitcher’s tenure in Los Angeles — and maybe his career.

“More than anything this year, it’s been an injury thing,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. “Nobody wanted to do this. We like Ted. We think he can pitch. He just wouldn’t stay healthy.”

Lilly spent more time on the disabled this season than the active roster.
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Daily Distractions: The Dodgers get a chance to show if their road trip was for real.

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The Dodgers have won 10 straight road games, a first since the team moved to Los Angeles. (Associated Press)

To put the Dodgers’ 6-0 road trip in perspective — a different kind of perspective — consider that the two teams they swept, the Washington Nationals and Toronto Blue Jays, had completely winless homestands too.

Before losing three straight to the Dodgers, the Blue Jays were swept by the Tampa Bay Rays.

After losing three straight to the Dodgers, the Washington Nationals lost three straight to the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Take nothing away from the six-game winning streak and what it meant in the standings, but the Dodgers’ four-game weekend series against the Cincinnati Reds should provide a more accurate gauge of how well the team is playing.

It begins tonight against a pitcher, Mat Latos, who is 0-5 in his career at Dodger Stadium. Zack Greinke is 6-0 in his career at Dodger Stadium. So there’s a good omen.

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Dodgers place Matt Kemp on 15-day disabled list, activate Ted Lilly.

The Dodgers placed Matt Kemp on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained left ankle and activated Ted Lilly.

Kemp injured the ankle sliding at home plate in the ninth inning Sunday night against the Washington Nationals, his first game in the lineup after returning from a 15-day stay on the DL with inflammation in the AC joint of his left shoulder.

Lilly is expected to pitch out of the bullpen after missing approximately six weeks with a recurrence of pain in his neck. He last pitched June 4, pitching just four innings in a Dodgers win over the San Diego Padres.

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Dodgers set post All-Star break rotation.

Dodgers manager Don Mattingly announced his starting rotation coming out of the All-Star break, when the Dodgers will travel to Washington D.C. and Toronto for a pair of three-game series.

Ricky Nolasco, today’s starter, will pitch on five days’ rest next Friday against the Nationals. He’ll be followed by Zack Greinke, Clayton Kershaw, Hyun-Jin Ryu and Chris Capuano.

If that rotation order holds, Greinke and Kershaw will be the starters July 30 and 31 when the New York Yankees visit Dodger Stadium.

In other rotation news, Mattingly and pitching coach Rick Honeycutt have decided on a plan for injured left-hander Ted Lilly, but the manager wouldn’t say what that plan is.

Lilly, who’s been on the disabled list since June 9 with a sprained neck, is 0-2 with a 5.09 ERA in five starts this season.

“We talked about some different scenarios,” Mattingly said. “We settled on the one we want. We haven’t talked to Teddy yet.”

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