Ted Lilly had the nerve endings in his neck cauterized

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Ted Lilly is currently pitching in the Venezuelan Winter League after missing all but five starts this year with neck problems that led to being released by the Dodgers in July.

In order to get healthy enough to return to the mound Lilly underwent a procedure to … well, I’ll let Steve Dilbeck of the Los Angeles Times explain:

Lilly is trying to regain his form in the Venezuelan Winter League after having the nerve endings on the right side of his neck cauterized by a spine specialist. The procedure is not considered surgery, but a large needle is used to burn nerve endings, his agent said.

Woof. Lilly is 38 years old with 13 seasons in the majors and $80 million in career earnings, so he must really like pitching.

Troy Tulowitzki poses as a pitcher on photo day

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Update: The photographer was apparently in on the action, according to Topps. Still pretty funny. (Hat tip: Mike Ashmore)

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Thursday marked photo day for the Blue Jays. There are always some oddities, usually when the players create fun for themselves. This time, the fun happened when a photographer mistook shortstop Troy Tulowitzki for a pitcher. Tulowitzki rolled with it and followed the photographer’s instructions to pose like a pitcher.

Hazel Mae has the hilarious video:

Hitters, of course, typically pose with a bat over their shoulder. Pitchers typically have their hand in their glove, sometimes leaning forward as if receiving the signs from their catcher.

Tulowitzki has exclusively played shortstop during his 12-year career in the majors, but perhaps one day he’ll step on the mound and be able to call himself a pitcher.