Left-hander Ted Lilly pitched in a rehab game with the Class A Rancho Cucamonga Quakes on Sunday, and the results were less than stellar. Lilly allowed seven runs on eight hits in six innings against the Inland Empire 66ers, including two home runs.
But manager Don Mattingly was unconcerned with the results, and more focused on the fact that Lilly got his work in to get ready for his scheduled start on April 14 at Dodger Stadium against the Padres.
"Obviously, if he would come back tomorrow with his neck killing him, that would set him back," Mattingly said. "More than anything, it's just getting him built up and not hurting after that.
"He's past this injury, and it's just about getting his arm strength up."
Lilly missed two spring training starts because of a stiff neck and though he feels better, his arm strength wasn't built up enough to be ready to join the rotation on opening day.
Lilly also pitched a simulated game on April 2 in Anaheim before the Dodgers played a Freewa...