Dodgers left-hander Ted Lilly was scratched from a rehab start Friday at High-A Rancho Cucamonga due to renewed discomfort in his throwing shoulder. And now he’s without a recovery timetable.
J.P. Hoornstra of the Los Angeles Daily News has the update:
With two months left in the season, the likelihood of Lilly being ready to throw 100 pitches every fifth night are dimming.
Having him rejoin the team as a reliever “is one of the things we could look at,” [Dodgers manager] Don Mattingly said.
Even that, however, isn’t certain to happen.
Lilly has been on the disabled list since late May because of left shoulder inflammation. He had a superb 3.14 ERA and 1.13 WHIP in 48 2/3 innings before going down. The Dodgers, currently a half-game back in the National League West, acquired starter Joe Blanton from the Phillies on Friday in a waiver trade.
The Orioles singlehandedly kept the rumor mill churning this weekend. MLB Network’s Jon Morosi reports that the club is interested in making a play for free agent right-hander Lance Lynn, adding him to a list of potential candidates that also includes free agent righty Alex Cobb. The two are expected to command similar contracts in free agency, but Morosi notes that the Orioles may prefer Cobb based on his familiarity with the AL East.
Lynn, 30, is two years removed from Tommy John surgery on his right elbow. Despite missing the 2016 season, he bounced back with a respectable 11-8 record in 33 starts and complemented his efforts with a 3.43 ERA, 3.8 BB/9 and 7.4 SO/9 over 186 1/3 innings for the 2017 Cardinals. He lost several days with a blister on his pitching hand in early September, but managed to avoid any major injuries and can reasonably be expected to shoulder another heavy workload in 2018.
Lynn may not be the Orioles’ first choice to beef up their starting rotation, but there’s no doubt that he’ll be in high demand as one of very few viable starters on the market this winter. The veteran righty rejected his one-year, $17.4 million qualifying offer from the Cardinals on Thursday and will likely be seeking a multi-year contract, one that Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch estimates around five years and $100+ million. If the Orioles are willing to bite that bullet, they’ll still need to compensate the Cardinals with their third pick in next year’s draft.