The Dodgers announced this evening that they have designated left-hander Ted Lilly for assignment in order to clear a spot for utility player Elian Herrera on the active roster.
Lilly was just activated from the disabled list yesterday after missing the most of the past two months with a chronic neck condition. However, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly told Pedro Moura of the Orange County Register that they ultimately didn’t see him as a fit out of the bullpen.
Lilly, who was originally drafted by the Dodgers in 1996, returned to the organization via trade from the Cubs in July of 2010 and was eventually retained on a three-year, $33 million contract. While he had a 3.97 ERA in 33 starts with the Dodgers in 2011, he has been limited to just 13 starts over the past two seasons. The 37-year-old is a near-lock to pass through waivers unclaimed, as no team will want to take on his salary, but he should draw interest once he can sign elsewhere for the major league minimum.
Last night in the top of the eighth inning of the Dodgers-Cubs game, Curtis Granderson struck out. Or, at the very least, he should’ve. After the game, the umpire who said he didn’t admitted he screwed up.
While trying to squelch a Dodgers comeback, Wade Davis got Granderson into a 2-2 count. Davis threw his pitch, Granderson whiffed on it, it hit the dirt, and Willson Contreras applied the tag for the out. End of the inning, right? Wrong: Granderson argued to home plate umpire Jim Wolf that he made slight contact with the ball, Wolf, after conferring with the other umps agreed, and Granderson lived to see another pitch.
Before he’d see that pitch, Joe Maddon came out to argue the call and got so agitated about it all he was ejected for the second time in this series. He was right to argue:
It all ended up not mattering, of course, because Granderson struck out eventually anyway.
Normally such things end there, but after the game a reporter got to Wolf and Wolf did something umpires don’t often do: he admitted he blew the call:
It’s good that the bad call ended up not affecting anything. But the part of me who likes to stir up crap and watch chaos rule in baseball really kinda wishes that Granderson had hit a series-clinching homer right after that. At least as long as it didn’t result in Cubs fans burning Chicago to the ground.