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PEORIA, Ariz. -- Ted Lilly's return from shoulder surgery hit a bump in the road Tuesday when he was scratched from his scheduled Cactus League appearance against the San Diego Padres.
The left-hander's 2012 season ended May 23 after eight starts in which he went 5-1 with a 3.14 ERA. He pitched once this spring, going two innings against the Angels, allowing just a run on Howie Kendrick's solo home run.
Lilly, 37, one of four starters likely battling for the final spot in the Dodger rotation, was to follow Clayton Kershaw to the mound Tuesday but he has been out of camp a couple of days with illness.
Manager Don Mattingly said Lilly's wife, Natasha, and 2-year-old son Theodore Roosevelt (really) were treated last week for flu-like symptoms, after which Lilly became sick.
"Teddy's hopefully going to throw a side session tomorrow," Mattingly said. "He's basically dehydrated. So he's getting back out and playing catch today."
Mattingly, who was pleased with Lilly's performance last week, said Lilly's arm is fine.
"Just sickness," he said. "It just kind of knocks his schedule off a little bit."
BEST OF MAXIM
Everyone keeps (rightfully) saying he won't begin the 2013 season on the Dodgers' 25-man roster, but Yasiel Puig is trying his damnedest to earn a spot.
He basically murdered a baseball in Sunday's game against the Indians. Here's the video.
Marc Hulet of FanGraphs pointed out something on Saturday while watching Puig. It's an astute observation. Something...
Zack Greinke missed a bullpen session on Sunday due to forearm tightness.
Greinke had “a little forearm tightness and thought it best to give it a day to let it rest,” pitching coach Rick Honeycutt said. “It’s nothing to be alarmed about. He’s had it before and he’s still expected to make his next start [Wednesday].”
Fortunately, it’s not anything to be concerned...
When I think of batting average, guys like Wade Boggs, Rod Carew and Tony Gwynn come to mind. When I think of a keen eye at the plate, Barry Bonds, Babe Ruth and Ted Williams. When talking about the hit tool, these players encompass the best of both worlds.
Many players make it to the majors based on the strength of their hit tool, even if defense isn't their specialty...
Mike Scioscia’s Tragic Illness: Arguing for patience and perspective regarding Yasiel Puig.
I know he looks awful impressive, and I’ve liked what I’ve seen as well, but I really do believe people are getting way ahead of themselves.
Baseball Prospectus: The Dodgers might have a platoon partner for Andre Ethier internally in Jerry Hairston Jr.
Eye On Baseball: Fox Sports...
Baseball fans love to talk about clutch plays and clutch players, and Dodgers fans are no exception, but like with a pitcher’s best and worst pitches, there tends to be a lack of evidence presented. As such, I decided to find some basis for clutch plays and clutch players, courtesy of the WPA and Clutch statistics.
Most sabermetric statistics are context neutral — they do...
If you hadn’t seen it yet, then … that happened.
Then Mike Petriello tweeted out this:
“I don’t always give up homers, but when i do, they travel really, really goddamn far.” — @mattygrrr
— Mike Petriello (@mike_petriello) March 5, 2013
And I think he’s on to something.
PADRES 7, DODGERS 3
PEORIA, Ariz. -- Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw made no excuses for his third straight subpar outing.
Kershaw gave up four runs on seven hits, a walk and hit a batsman in three-plus innings of the Los Angeles Dodgers' 7-3 loss Tuesday to the San Diego Padres.
"It doesn't matter that it's spring. I focus on results," Kershaw said...
Yesterday we heard that the Baltimore Orioles and Milwaukee Brewers had scouts in attendance for Aaron Harang’s start at Camelback Ranch. Harang put forth three scoreless innings, throwing an additional 16 pitches on the side. Great timing to put up a good performance, for the Dodgers that is. I don’t know what Harang’s trade value is at the moment, but I would venture to guess...
Clayton Kershaw gave up four runs and seven hits in three-plus innings, his third straight sub-par outing of the spring, and the Los Angeles Dodgers lost 7-3 to the San Diego Padres on Tuesday.
Kershaw has given up nine runs on 17 hits in eight innings.
Dodgers reliever Shawn Tolleson appeared to injure his right leg in the eighth inning and was immediately removed from the game...
Ben and Sam preview the Dodgers` season with Jay Jaffe, and Pete talks to MLB.com Dodgers beat writer Ken Gurnick (at 15:21).
GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) -- Jason Giambi thought he would be a manager this season. Instead, he's still playing.
Giambi drove in two runs and Justin Masterson outpitched Hyun-Jin Ryu on Wednesday, leading the Cleveland Indians to a 4-0 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers.
After interviewing for the Colorado Rockies' managerial opening -- which went to Walt Weiss -- the 42-year...