Lost in the all the commotion of the Dodgers placing Matt Kemp on the disabled list was the fact that Ted Lily was activated to take his place on the active roster.
Lily has made five starts with the Dodgers this season and is 0-2 with a 5.09 ERA and hasn’t looked good too good in his starts with the team.
According to Ken Gurnick of Dodgers.com, Lily has accepted a role in the Dodgers bullpen:
Lilly was activated from the 15-day disabled list Wednesday and will try his left hand at relieving after a career as a starter. Lilly accepted the role change because his most recent injury, a flare-up of degenerative arthritis in his neck, had worsened to the point where he couldn’t handle the physical demands of starting.
Manager Don Mattingly has used Paco Rodriguez and J.P. Howell as situational lefties, but Lilly could also see some time as a long reliever.
Lilly hasn’t been the most effective pitcher this season, but with Brandon League and Carlos Marmol seeing the field, he’ll definitely get his chance.
Ned Colletti said that the Dodgers priority is to add another reliever, but using Lilly as a situational lefty will be a sight to see.
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