Ted Lilly designated for assignment one day after coming off DL

By Mike Axisa | Baseball Writer

The Dodgers cut ties with veteran left-hander Ted Lilly.
The Dodgers cut ties with veteran left-hander Ted Lilly. (USATSI)

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Just one day after being activated off the 15-day DL, left-hander Ted Lilly has been designated for assignment by the Dodgers. Utility man Elian Herrera was recalled from Triple-A to fill the roster spot.

Lilly, 37, was activated off the DL on Wednesday after missing more than a month with cartilage damage in his neck. He also missed roughly three weeks with a ribcage problem earlier this season as well. Lilly had surgery to repair his labrum last May and started this season on the DL.

In five starts around the injuries, Lilly went 0-2 with a 5.09 ERA and 1.61 WHIP in 23 innings. He made only eight starts last year before the shoulder procedure. Lilly went 12-14 with a 3.97 ERA with Los Angeles in 2011, his last full, healthy season. He made at least 25 starts every year from 2003-11.

The Dodgers are still on the hook for remainder of Lilly's $12 million salary. He will certainly clear waivers at that price and is likely to become a free agent rather than report to Triple-A. Given his track record, Lilly figures to draw some interest on the open market. Pitching needy clubs like the Padres, Giants and Nationals could get involved.

Herrera, 28, played in three games for the Dodgers earlier this year. He hit .251/.340/.332 (87 OPS+) with one home run and four steals while playing six positions in 67 games for Los Angeles in 2012. Herrera hit .290/.375/.384 with six homers in 80 Triple-A games before being recalled.

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