Monday, May 20, 2013

Magill optioned to make room for Lilly

Despite putting forth his best performance in his young career on Sunday, Matt Magill is the odd man out in LA, as he's been sent back to Triple-A Albuquerque to make room for the returning Ted Lilly.  Lilly will soon rejoin the rotation, which gets more and more southpaw by the minute.

With an off day coming on Thursday, it's unknown if Lilly will even be needed to make a start anytime soon.  If the Dodgers do skip him, then he's looking at possibly May 28 against the Angels as his next one.  That will give him about a week of long relief out of the bullpen.

Lilly's only made two starts this year.  His first one was good (5 IP, 1 ER, 7 K vs. the Mets), and his second one not so good (3 IP, 4 ER, 2 K vs. the Rockies).  He hasn't appeared since that April 29 start against the Rox.  He last pitched in a rehab game with Single-A Rancho Cucamonga on Wednesday.

As for Magill, he can leave LA knowing that he showed definite signs of improvement based on his last start.  He still has a ways to go, so sending him back down isn't too surprising.  Walks are still a concern, as he has 13 in four starts, but he did strikeout eight against the Braves.  With the way these guys fall like flies, don't be surprised if he's back soon.

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