LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers left-hander Ted Lilly has been shutdown for the year and will have surgery on his left shoulder next Friday. Former closer Javy Guerra isn't far behind him as he tries to return from an oblique injury.
It has been heading in this direction for both pitchers for a while now. The Dodgers finally made a call on Lilly on Thursday after his continued efforts to rehabilitate his shoulder and pitch without pain failed again. The Dodgers had hoped Lilly might return to pitch out of the bullpen later this season.
Dodgers trainer Sue Falsone said Lilly's surgery is just a minor clean-up of areas that have shown some wear and tear on MRIs and if all goes well, he should be able to throw again by January and on track for spring training.
"We're not expecting any large repairs of any kind," Falsone said. "Hopefully it's just a simple scope and clean-up."
The Dodgers are still holding out a faint hope Guerra can come back at some point, but manager Don Mattingly said Friday that "we're kind of running out of time."
Here's a look at tonight's lineup:
Jon Jay CF
Allen Craig 1B
David Freese 3B
Pete Kozma SS