Dodgers' Ted Lilly Done for the Season

The Los Angeles Dodgers were dealt another blow, albeit an expected one, yesterday.  The club announced yesterday that left-hander Ted Lilly will undergo shoulder surgery next Friday and is expected back next spring.  The surgery is not a major fix.  It's simply a procedure to clean up the shoulder and help relieve discomfort.

According to Steve Dilbeck of the Los Angeles Times, the Dodgers expected to lose Ted Lilly for the year when the pain first started flaring up, but they had hoped to at least get him back in a relief capacity.   Unfortunately for the Dodgers, they did not get him back at all.  Lilly last pitched on May 23rd.

Lilly was having a solid season for the Dodgers.  In eight starts, he had a 3.14 ERA.  He had an even lower ERA (1.79) prior to his final start of the season on May 23rd.  In that final start, when Lilly had considerable discomfort in the shoulder, he gave up eight runs in 3 1/3 innings-pitched.  And that's how his season would end.

Lilly was originally drafted by the Dodgers in 1996.  He was a 23rd round pick, and he never made it to the big leagues with the Dodgers.  Instead, Lilly debuted with the Montreal Expos.  He has pitched for a total of six teams now, and he comes back full circle with his current contract in Los Angeles.  Lilly will be in the final year of the contract next season.  He's been solid for Los Angeles, posting a 3.74 ERA in his time there.

The Dodgers are one game back of the second Wild Card spot and are battling the St. Louis Cardinals who are just ahead of them.  Injuries have certainly held this team back, but the new ownership group has spent so much money on acquiring talented players, it would still be a big disappointment if the Dodgers missed the postseason.

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