Ted Lilly’s shoulder undamaged, Juan Rivera due back next week, Juan Uribe to rehab

I had my fears over Ted Lilly‘s MRI, but it showed no structural damage to his shoulder.

The Dodgers received good news regarding one of their core starters Friday, as the results of Ted Lilly’s MRI came back revealing no structural damage to his left shoulder.

“Teddy’s MRI went good,” manager Don Mattingly said. “That was good for us. With the medication [they gave him], they expect him to have a few days off here with that, and basically start moving forward.”

While great, it does make me seriously wonder why they made an offer to Roy Oswalt.

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Juan Rivera might be back with the club by next Monday, but I’m honestly not all that thrilled about it.

Juan Rivera was back with the club in Colorado on Friday for reevaluation following four rehab starts as he works back from a left hamstring strain that put him on the DL on May 9. He will not be activated in Colorado, but may well return to the 25-man roster when the team goes to Philadelphia for a four-game set starting Monday.

“He’s doing really well, and he feels good,” manager Don Mattingly said. “I’m hearing sometime in Philly. We’re going to do more testing today with him and see where’s he’s at — he’s been playing the last couple days. Then we’ll make a decision about whether to play him one more game [in the Minors] or if we feel like he’s ready to go. We’ll be patient.”

I would much rather see a combination of Bobby Abreu/Tony Gywnn Jr./Alex Castellanos/Jerry Sands/Scott Van Slyke in left field.

Both statistically and logically, I doubt his return is an upgrade in any way at this time.

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Juan Uribe will begin a rehab stint next week, and as much as I harass him, he will be a welcome addition.

Juan Uribe is poised to take the final step in working his way back from a left wrist injury that sidelined him since May 14. Uribe has been working out with the Dodgers, and can be expected to begin a brief Minor League rehab assignment next week.

“Juan’s been improving,” manager Don Mattingly said Friday. “He’ll be taking BP, and he’s been progressing. The thing with Juan that’s been good is he’ll take BP, and then the next day he’s been fine. So we’ve had two days of that. He’s going to progress, and we’ll probably within the next day or so be talking about him playing somewhere.”

Mattingly is impressed with how quickly Uribe has gotten his feel for the game back, and wants to ensure he gets some game action in the Minors to get the timing down on his swing.

Like most, I prefer just letting Jerry Hairston Jr. play everyday, but having Juan Uribe around to start over Adam Kennedy is basically improving by default.

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