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By MICHAEL MARTINEZ  |  Last updated 7/25/13
LOS ANGELES The Dodgers designated pitcher Ted Lilly for assignment Thursday, a move they preferred not to make but felt they were forced to. Lilly, who was activated from the disabled list on Wednesday, refused the teams request to pitch in the minors, so the Dodgers essentially let him go. Hes likely to be picked up on waivers by another team or become a free agent. To take Lilly's spot, the Dodgers called up infielder-outfielder Elian Herrera from Triple-A Albuquerqe. Lilly had three stints on the DL this season, the last one because of a neck strain, and told the Dodgers he felt he could be more productive as a relief pitcher than a starter. They wanted him to pitch in the minors to determine his readiness to pitch in games, but he balked. With two left-handers, J.P. Howell and Paco Rodriguez, already in the bullpen, the team essentially had no choice but to let Lilly go. "Teddy thinks he can pitch out of the bullpen, and I cant argue with that," manager Don Mattingly said. "It was just tough for us, without us seeing him try it, to displace one of the guys we have right now, one of our lefties. It was hard for us to make a move like that without seeing it." Lilly, 37, has missed 78 games and made just five starts because of injuries. He also spent time on the DL because of shoulder surgery and a rib-cage strain. He had an 0-2 record and 5.09 ERA. "Teddy hasnt been able to stay on the field," Mattingly said. "It's frustrating. That was part of his decision (in) saying he didnt feel like he could continue to start because he didnt feel like his body was going to hold up. Then we're in a time box trying to figure out if he can relieve."
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