Cubs manager Lou Piniella confirmed that Ted Lilly will return from the disabled list this weekend in Milwaukee, according to Carrie Muskat of MLB.com.
Lilly made his final tuneup start on Monday night, tossing 88 pitches over seven innings for Single-A Peoria. Piniella indicated that Lilly could make his season debut on either Saturday or Sunday, though he is currently leaning towards Saturday.
It has been an eventful road back for Lilly, who underwent arthroscopic surgery on left shoulder in November. He battled a fever and needed an MRI on his right knee in February and dealt with some back soreness earlier this month. The 34-year-old southpaw was 12-9 with a 3.10 ERA and 1.06 WHIP over 27 starts with the Cubs last season.
His return means that one current member of the rotation — most likely Carlos Silva or Tom Gorzelanny — will head to the bullpen.