Dodgers left-hander Ted Lilly was scratched from a rehab start Friday at High-A Rancho Cucamonga due to renewed discomfort in his throwing shoulder. And now he’s without a recovery timetable.
J.P. Hoornstra of the Los Angeles Daily News has the update:
With two months left in the season, the likelihood of Lilly being ready to throw 100 pitches every fifth night are dimming.
Having him rejoin the team as a reliever “is one of the things we could look at,” [Dodgers manager] Don Mattingly said.
Even that, however, isn’t certain to happen.
Lilly has been on the disabled list since late May because of left shoulder inflammation. He had a superb 3.14 ERA and 1.13 WHIP in 48 2/3 innings before going down. The Dodgers, currently a half-game back in the National League West, acquired starter Joe Blanton from the Phillies on Friday in a waiver trade.
The Tigers signed catcher Josh Thole to a minor league deal, per an announcement from the Double-A Erie SeaWolves on Friday. Thole is expected to report to Double-A Erie, where he’ll split time with starting catcher Jake Rogers.
Thole, 31, has not appeared in a major or minor league game since 2016. He signed a minors deal with the Diamondbacks back in 2017, but was sidelined through most of the season after undergoing hamstring surgery in April. He was released by the team during spring training and failed to catch on with another major league club through the first two months of the 2018 season.
While the veteran backstop hasn’t tested his skills in pro ball for several years now, he held his own during a short-lived run with the independent New Britain Bees of the Atlantic League. Over 17 games in 2018, Thole batted .317/.425/.367 with three extra-base hits and a .791 OPS in 75 plate appearances. He’s expected to serve as catching depth within the Tigers’ organization, but may yet work his way back to the majors if he can get his average back over the Mendoza Line again — a feat he hasn’t managed since 2015.