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Monday, April 1, 2013
Pitching surplus still a surplus

By Mark Saxon

The Dodgers found a way to keep all three of their extra starting pitchers when they cut down their roster, but it seems unsustainable in the long run.

Ted Lilly, on the disabled list, wouldn't even comment when asked where he would next pitch and clearly isn't happy about being on the DL. Manager Don Mattingly said the team isn't sure when Lilly will go.

Aaron Harang is as baffled as anyone. He said he doesn't know how he would approach relief pitching since he hasn't done it since a brief dalliance in his rookie season. Harang said his pre-star throwing program begins about 30 minutes before game time. It's doubtful Mattingly could know two innings before he needs him that Harang will pitch.

Chris Capuano can pitch in relief with little trouble, at least for now. Chad Billingsley will pitch Thursday for Rancho Cucamonga and likely rejoin the Dodgers' rotation around tax day.

By then, the Dodgers might need to do a little shuffling.