Ted Lilly on track to return from disabled list this weekend

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Cubs manager Lou Piniella confirmed that Ted Lilly will return from the disabled list this weekend in Milwaukee, according to Carrie Muskat of MLB.com.

Lilly made his final tuneup start on Monday night, tossing 88 pitches over seven innings for Single-A Peoria. Piniella indicated that Lilly could make his season debut on either Saturday or Sunday, though he is currently leaning towards Saturday.

It has been an eventful road back for Lilly, who underwent arthroscopic surgery on left shoulder in November. He battled a fever and needed an MRI on his right knee in February and dealt with some back soreness earlier this month. The 34-year-old southpaw was 12-9 with a 3.10 ERA and 1.06 WHIP over 27 starts with the Cubs last season.

His return means that one current member of the rotation — most likely Carlos Silva or Tom Gorzelanny — will head to the bullpen.
 

Phillies sign Trevor Plouffe to minor league deal

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Infielder Trevor Plouffe has signed a minor league deal with the Phillies, Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News reports. Plouffe asked for and was granted his release from the Rangers earlier this month.

Plouffe, 31, had a double and a home run in 17 plate appearances with Triple-A Round Rock to start the 2018 season. He spent last year with the Athletics and Rays, putting up a meager .198/.272/.318 batting line in 100 games.

Plouffe has mostly played third base throughout his career, but can also handle the other three infield spots and both outfield corners, so he’ll serve as organizational depth at Triple-A Lehigh Valley for the Phillies.