Thats officially it for left-hander Ted Lilly this season, not that the announcement that hell have season-ending surgery next Friday came as a shock to anyone.
Lilly hasnt pitched since May 23, his sore shoulder never responding to conservative treatment.
Now hes scheduled to have arthroscopic surgery on his left shoulder, in what Dodgers trainer Sue Falsone said should not lead to a major operation.
Ideally it is a simple clean-up procedure, she said. Obviously the doc wont know exactly what he will or will not do until he gets inside the joint.
Were not expecting any large repairs of any kind or anything sort of out of the ordinary.
Lilly was off to a terrific start before the shoulder flared up. He was 5-0 with a 1.79 earned-run average in his first seven starts and hoping for an All-Star berth.
But in his final start of the season with the shoulder flared, he surrendered eight earned runs in 3 13 innings against the Diamondbacks. He never made it back on the mound.