The Dodgers and Cubs are talking Ted Lilly

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Ken Rosenthal and Jon Paul Morosi are reporting that the
Dodgers are talking to the Cubs about a trade for Ted Lilly and Ryan
Theriot.

The Dodgers have been connected with just about every pitcher on a “the Dodgers have inquired” basis, but this one may actually have some legs to it. Especially if what RosenMorosiThal is saying is true and the Cubs are going to kick money into the deal.

I have no idea why the Dodgers would want Theriot, however, because if I remember correctly they spent all winner stocking up on second basemen. Also worth noting that Cubs GM Jim Hendry has had a second baseman fetish for much of the past few years. Maybe he’s just started a twelve-step program or something.

Masahiro Tanaka to throw off a mound this weekend

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Earlier this month Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka strained both of his hamstrings while running the bases in an interleague game against the Mets and was sent to the 10-day DL. Today it was announced that the beginning of the end of most DL stints for pitchers — throwing off of a mound — is in Tanaka’s immediate future.

Tanaka is scheduled to throw off a mound Sunday, which will be his first real (well, fake real) pitching action since the June 9th injury. Assuming the session goes well, Tanaka is expected to return to the Yankees’ starting rotation sometime in early-to-mid July. With the All-Star break coming the week of July 16, it would not be hard to imagine the Yankees giving him a few extra days to get right.

Tanaka is 7-2 with a 4.58 ERA and a K/BB ratio of 73/19 in 72.2 innings on the season.