Ted Lilly certainly isn’t going to give up easily on his attempt to return to the major leagues in 2014. According to Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet, Lilly has undergone a procedure to have nerve endings in his neck cauterized, in order to relieve the pain in that area. The information came from Lilly’s agent, Larry O’Brien, who said the procedure had been beneficial for the veteran.
Lilly visited a cervical spine specialist after dealing with neck pain and stiffness during a difficult season with the Dodgers. Those visits led to a procedure that cauterized the nerve endings on the right side of his neck. Though it’s not considered surgery, doctors used a large needle to burn the nerve endings on Lilly’s neck. So far it’s been working.
“That procedure has given him relief,” agent Larry O’Brien told sportsnet.ca.
Lilly will apparently aim to start six games and pitch 35-40 innings in total. The 38-year-old had already talked about his plans to use the Venezuelan winter league as ...