MRI exam on Lilly's knee comes back clean

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Ted Lilly’s recovery from offseason shoulder surgery hit a snag earlier this week when his right knee began hurting, but an MRI exam yesterday revealed no structural damage and instead merely showed what’s Carrie Muskat calls “normal wear and tear.”
Lilly felt good enough to play catch this morning and assistant general manager Randy Bush assured everyone that “there’s nothing to worry about.” With his knee, of course. His shoulder remains an issue, because even before the knee problems he was considered questionable at best to be ready for Opening Day.
Next in line for a spot in the Cubs’ rotation? In no particular order, Jeff Samardzija, Sean Marshall, and Carlos Silva, assuming that Tom Gorzelanny has the fourth-starter gig all but locked up.

Daniel Murphy will miss the start of the season

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Daniel Murphy said today that he will not be ready for Opening Day and will start the year on the disabled list.

Murphy had microfracture knee surgery last October. While he has been able to take batting practice and field ground balls, his lateral movement is still limited. In his absence — which is not expected to last past mid-April or so — Howie Kendrick will get the bulk of the playing time at second base.

Murphy hit .322/.384/.543, smacked 23 homers and knocked in 93 RBI in 2017.