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.
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.
Some bullet points for a Thursday morning:
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.