After a stellar outing on Sunday, the Dodgers have optioned starter Matt Magill to Triple-A to make room for Ted Lilly. Lilly was activated from the disabled list earlier today after a rib injury sidelined him for a couple weeks.
In his brief stint with the Dodgers, Magill was decent as his ERA was 5.50, but he struck out 19 in 18 innings pitched. Dylan Hernandez of the LA Times had the news first:
#Dodgers optioned Matt Magill, activated Ted Lilly from DL.
— Dylan Hernandez (@dylanohernandez) May 20, 2013
Lilly’s return won’t make many Dodger fans happy, but the veteran lefty is a better option than Magill. While only needing one rehab start, it isn’t known when Lilly will take the mound again and there’s a chance he’ll get some work out of the bullpen.
With the return of Zack Greinke and Chris Capuano’s strong start in Atlanta, Lilly doesn’t have a spot in the rotation as of now. So far this season, he has a 5.63 ERA after undergoing off-season shoulder surgery and has voiced his displeasure about how he’s been handled.
With the Dodgers strong pitching depth earlier in the season, Lilly admitted he was healthy while Dodgers management said he needed to go on a rehab stint. He refused a rehab assignment, but later decided to suck it up and make a few minor league starts.
Regardless, the Dodgers can use the good news as they’re still battling injuries and receiving poor production from their top stars. If he ends up in the bullpen, I’m sure Lilly won’t be too pleased and will make sure everyone knows about it.