Making Moves: Lilly moves to pen, Skip suspended, DL moves + 2 promoted, 1 demoted, 1 cut


Ted Lilly, though he would prefer to start, asked to be moved to the pen as he attempts to return from injury.

Dodgers left-handed pitcher Ted Lilly, frustrated with his third stint on the disabled list this season, told club officials Tuesday to try him as a reliever.

“Ideally, I’d like to be a starter and be effective in that role,” said Lilly. “I’ve had a hard time staying healthy. I pitched Saturday [rehab start at Class A Rancho Cucamonga], and it was sore Sunday. Yesterday, it was pretty good.”

“We’ll give it a shot,” said Mattingly. “Rick [Honeycutt, pitching coach] will set up a sim game tomorrow and every other day, and we’ll see what it looks like. Ted said the best chance for him would be out of the bullpen. I want to be open-minded and see what it looks like.”

If Lilly is able to return, he was almost certainly headed to the pen anyways, particularly with Stephen Fife pitching well this year and Ricky Nolasco joining the squad. It is refreshing, however, to see a player recognize that his role needed to change if he were to have an impact going forward.


Matt Kemp landed on the DL once again, this time due to irritation in the AC joint in his left shoulder. Scott Van Slyke was recalled from AAA to take his place.

Stephen Fife is back on the DL as well, as the right shoulder bursitis that shelved him earlier this season has flared up again. The recently acquired Ricky Nolasco took Fife’s roster spot.


Skip Schumaker finally served his two-game suspension stemming from the brawl with the Arizona Diamondbacks back in June.

The Dodgers go for the sweep of the Diamondbacks on Wednesday night at Chase Field, looking for their 15th win in their last 18 games. But the Dodgers will do so without utility man Skip Schumaker, who had his two-game suspension upheld by MLB on Wednesday for his role in the June 11 brawl against Arizona at Dodger Stadium.

Schumaker was suspended for two games for what MLB termed as “aggressive actions” during the brawl. Thanks the glacier like pace of the MLB punishment system, Schumaker didn’t even have his appeal heard until the beginning of July, a full three weeks after the incident.

In addition to Wednesday night’s game, Schumaker will also miss the opener of the four-game series against the Rockies on Thursday at Dodger Stadium.

I forgot all about this.


A whole bunch of of minor-league moves this week.

Per the Great Lakes Loons, James Campbell was added to the Loons’ roster and Alan Garcia was sent to extended Spring Training.

Additionally, Webster Rivas was demoted from High-A Rancho to Low-A Great Lakes; Luis Vasquez was promoted to Triple-A Albuquerque; Pedro Baez was promoted to Double-A Chattanooga; and Greg Infante was cut.


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