Ted Lilly to begin season on disabled list following neck stiffness

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According to Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly announced yesterday that Ted Lilly will begin the season on the disabled list. The veteran left-hander hasn’t started a Cactus League game since March 16 due to neck stiffness and while he was able to throw a bullpen session without incident yesterday, he simply won’t be stretched out in time for the season.

The current plan calls for Lilly to pitch a simulated game on Monday and make a minor league rehab start on April 8. If all goes well, he’ll make his season debut when the Dodgers need a fifth starter for the first time on April 14 against the Padres. The Dodgers were previously planning to skip Chris Capuano’s first turn, but now he’ll move up to the third spot in the rotation.

Lilly, 36, had a 3.97 ERA and 158/51 K/BB ratio over 192 2/3 innings last season. Only 16 pitchers have logged more innings since the start of the 2007 season.

Braves sign David Hernandez

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Bill Whitehead of the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that the Braves have signed reliever David Hernandez to a minor league contract on Sunday. He’ll report to spring training as a non-roster invitee.

Hernandez, who turns 32 years old in May, signed a minor league contract with the Giants in February. He requested and was granted his release on Friday when he learned he wasn’t making the team’s 25-man roster to open the season.

Hernandez pitched for the Phillies last year. He compiled a 3.84 ERA with an 80/32 K/BB ratio in 72 2/3 innings.

Dave Roberts: It “doesn’t make sense” for Scott Kazmir to start year in Dodgers’ rotation

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Scott Kazmir won’t begin the regular season in the Dodgers’ starting rotation. Manager Dave Roberts said after Kazmir’s Cactus League outing on Sunday that it “doesn’t make sense” for the ailing Kazmir to break camp in the rotation, Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times reports. The lefty will instead rehab some more and join the rotation at a later time.

Kazmir has been battling a hip issue which has caused his mechanics to suffer. He was clocked in the low 80’s 10 days ago and wasn’t much better on Sunday afternoon.

Last season with the Dodgers, Kazmir posted a 4.56 ERA with a 134/52 K/BB ratio in 136 1/3 innings, his worst numbers since returning to the majors in 2013.