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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.

Kyle Schwarber is on a private plane en route to Cleveland

PHOENIX, AZ - APRIL 07:  Kyle Schwarber #12 of the Chicago Cubs bats against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the MLB game at Chase Field on April 7, 2016 in Phoenix, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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This is happening, people.

Earlier we heard Joe Maddon being non-committal about Kyle Schwarber joining the Cubs for the World Series. Now it seems pretty clear that the Cubs are committal indeed: Jon Morosi reports that Schwarber is en route to Cleveland from Arizona on a private jet and that he’s expected to DH in Game 1 tomorrow night.

Schwarber hasn’t played in a game that counted since April 7. His potent bat is could be a windfall for a Cubs team that didn’t have a game-changing option at DH in the American League park.

Schwarber lost the whole season due to a knee injury, but he hit .246/.355/.487 with 16 homers and 43 RBI in 69 games as a rookie in 2015. His big coming out party was in the playoffs, however, when he hit three homers in five postseason games while going 7-for-13 with two walks in five games.

Carlos Santana in left field? Sure, OK.

CLEVELAND, OH - OCTOBER 15:  Carlos Santana #41 of the Cleveland Indians celebrates after hitting a home run in the second inning against J.A. Happ #33 of the Toronto Blue Jays during game two of the American League Championship Series at Progressive Field on October 15, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
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Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that Indians First Baseman/DH Carlos Santana shagged some flyballs in left field during the Indians’ workout today.

Sure, why not? Santana has played one game in the outfield in his major league career and that was over four years ago, but the Indians will have to play in Chicago without the DH, meaning either losing Santana’s bat or that of Mike Napoli.

It would be up to Terry Francona to decide if that happens, but ultimately I don’t think he’ll make it real and, rather, will just forget about it, because Santana’s defense out there would in no way be smooth.

I’m sorry. I’m sick today and I’m on a lot of cold medicine.