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Dodgers Postgame Notes: Ted Lilly's Side, Juan Uribe Sidelined

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Ted Lilly, who has allowed five runs in four starts this season, left after six innings Tuesday night with a stiff side muscle.
Ted Lilly, who has allowed five runs in four starts this season, left after six innings Tuesday night with a stiff side muscle.

Ted Lilly was removed after six innings Tuesday night, the third time in four starts he was pulled after exactly 79 pitches this season. Now we know what that dugout discussion in the top of the seventh inning was about, between Lilly, manager Don Mattingly, and trainer Sue Falsone.

Lilly has a stiff side muscle, per Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times, something that the left-hander said has bothered him in his last few starts. Whether Lilly will have to miss his next start is unknown, but we'll be on the lookout to see whether or not Nathan Eovaldi makes his third consecutive one-inning start for Double A Chattanooga.

In addition, Hernandez reported that Juan Uribe re-injured his left wrist during batting practice and was unavailable to pinch hit Tuesday night. That explains why Uribe didn't bat for Adam Kennedy in the top of the ninth inning against left-hander Matt Reynolds. But I still question why the right-handed Justin Sellers, who came in for Kennedy anyway on defense in the bottom of the ninth, wasn't sent up to hit for the left-handed Kennedy.

UPDATE: Sellers was brought in on a double switch and would have batted second had the game gone to the 10th inning. I missed that, so ignore the last sentence in the previous paragraph.

Speaking of injuries, Juan Rivera pinch hit for the third time in six games since straining his left hamstring. Rivera again didn't see time in the field, though Gary Miller on the KCAL pregame show said Rivera was available to play the field on Tuesday. With the left-handed Drew Pomeranz starting for Colorado on Wednesday, expect the right-handed Rivera to start.

Tomorrow

The third and final game of the series at Coors Field is a noon start, the first of four consecutive day games for the Dodgers. But the festivities begin at 10 a.m. PDT, when the new ownership group will be introduced at Dodger Stadium. The press conference will be televised by KCAL and Prime Ticket, and will be shown online by MLB.com and Dodgers.com.