Lilly to throw Wednesday in Des Moines

X-rays on Derrek Lee's hand proved negative. AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh

Chicago Cubs pitcher Ted Lilly is set to pitch for the Iowa Cubs in Des Moines on Wednesday.

According to sources, the plan is for the Cubs starter to throw 60 pitches, which is 15 less than the original pitch count.

Indications now are he’ll throw one more minor-league start and get his pitch count to 85 before pitching for the major-league team.

At this point, Lilly is on track to pitch April 24 at Miller Park, if he stays on an every-five-day routine without a setback.

  • Cubs first baseman Derrek Lee left Monday’s game after the fourth inning with right thumb inflammation. Lee injured the thumb on a check swing in the third inning.

    After coming out of the game, Lee went to Northwestern hospital for X-rays, which were negative. Lee most likely will miss Wednesday’s game.

    The plan is for him to get 2-3 days of rehab before returning to the lineup.

  • The Cubs stole four bases in a game for the first time since June 3, 2008. The Cubs were last in stolen bases in the NL last year. Ryan Theriot stole two bases.