Lilly last pitched on Wednesday night, so the move was made retroactive to Thursday, meaning Lilly will be eligible to return on June 8 at Seattle, with the tentative goal of having him start that game.
To fill Lilly's roster spot, the Dodgers recalled left-hander Michael Antonini from Triple-A Albuquerque to add an extra arm to the bullpen, but after the game, a 3-2 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers, Antonini was sent right back to the Isotopes. That is a clear indication the team will recall right-hander Nathan Eovaldi from Double-A Chattanooga and start him against the Brewers on Tuesday night, when Lilly had been scheduled to pitch, although that move won't be announced until Eovaldi arrives.
"I don't know if I should really be talking about tomorrow's starter because he's not in the building," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said before the game when pressed on whether Eovaldi would start Tuesday.
Lilly said he began to feel discomfort in his shoulder after his May 18 start against the St. Louis Cardinals and has felt it ever since. Through that game, Lilly was 5-0 with a 1.79 ERA. He then was bombed in his only subsequent start against the Diamondbacks, when he gave up eight earned runs on nine hits over 3 1/3 innings.
"I felt it (during that game), but it wasn't too bad,'' Lilly said. "When I felt it the most was when I actually came out of the game and the adrenaline wore off. That was when I knew something was wrong with it. We had an off-day the next day, and it was bothering me then, so I'm going to take a little bit of time out, and hopefully, it will get better.''
Lilly said the inflammation is being treated with medication, both oral and injections of cortisone and anti-inflammatories. After beginning the season on the DL while recovering from neck stiffness that sidelined him for a time during spring training -- he didn't make his first start until April 14 -- Lilly said this setback was especially disappointing.
"For sure,'' he said. "You get off to a good start and you have the expectation of trying to make the All-Star team, and this development is going to make that a very difficult thing to do. I am going to miss some time. I already missed one start early in the year.''
Antonini, who is 1-2 with a 5.31 ERA, has been starting for the Isotopes, but his longest outing this season has been six innings, which he has done only twice. This was his second major league callup this year, but he never got into a game either on Monday night or during a two-day stint with the Dodgers last month, so he still is waiting to make his big league debut.