It appears that left-handed pitcher Ted Lilly and the Dodgers have agreed to extend their inconvenient arrangement a little while longer. Lilly has agreed to make another minor league start on his rehabilitation assignment, a change from his weekend stance.
Lilly will start on Wednesday for Class-A Rancho Cucamonga on Tuesday night in Lake Elsinore. Manager Don Mattingly said Lilly and the front office were able to see eye to eye, something that wasn't the case over the weekend.
"It's really been above me, what's going on. They've been working it out," Mattingly said. "We just give our baseball opinion, on what we felt like he needed, and they worked it out."
Lilly has allowed five runs in six innings in both of his minor league rehab starts, on Apr. 5 with Class-A Rancho Cucamonga and Apr. 10 with Triple-A Albuquerque, and threw 90 pitches in the latter outing.
"From the Rancho appearance to the Albuquerque appearance he got a lot better," Mattingly said. "There's a start here, then we're talking about a bullpen (session). Then we go from there if he's healthy."
Where they go still remains to be seen, as Lilly is currently the odd man out in the starting rotation and the club doesn't necessarily see him as a fit for the bullpen. But given that just about anything can happen and that the Dodgers are just one errant pitch away from Lilly moving up the starting depth chart, anything to simply buy some more time is likely the wisest course of action.