MRI exam on Lilly's knee comes back clean

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Ted Lilly’s recovery from offseason shoulder surgery hit a snag earlier this week when his right knee began hurting, but an MRI exam yesterday revealed no structural damage and instead merely showed what MLB.com’s Carrie Muskat calls “normal wear and tear.”
Lilly felt good enough to play catch this morning and assistant general manager Randy Bush assured everyone that “there’s nothing to worry about.” With his knee, of course. His shoulder remains an issue, because even before the knee problems he was considered questionable at best to be ready for Opening Day.
Next in line for a spot in the Cubs’ rotation? In no particular order, Jeff Samardzija, Sean Marshall, and Carlos Silva, assuming that Tom Gorzelanny has the fourth-starter gig all but locked up.

Aaron Judge returns to the Yankees lineup

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The lineups for the Red Sox-Yankees game for this evening were just released and, lo and behold, Aaron Judge is back in it for the Yankees. He’ll be batting second and playing right field.

Judge was activated four days ago but had been limited to defense and base running. As of yesterday signs pointed to him not hitting today, but he took swings in a simulated game for the second straight day today — taking advantage of the previously-scheduled day game being moved to this evening — and things must’ve gone well.

Judge has been out since late July due to a fractured wrist suffered when he was hit by a fastball from Royals pitcher Jakob Junis. He has taken longer than expected to recover from the injury and the Yankees have felt his absence as he was hitting .285/.398/.548 with 26 home runs and 61 RBI in 447 plate appearances when he went down and no one has, obviously, been able to replace his production.

Now he’s back to help the Yankees fend off the A’s for the top Wild Card spot.