Ailing Ted Lilly misses start

Updated: March 27, 2012, 9:13 PM ET
By Tony Jackson | ESPNLosAngeles.com

PEORIA, Ariz. -- Manager Don Mattingly said the Los Angeles Dodgers are in wait-and-see mode on veteran left-hander Ted Lilly, whose first regular-season start is in jeopardy after he missed Tuesday's start because of a stiff neck.

Lilly's regular side session Thursday also is questionable, all of which would throw off his schedule leading up to what was expected to be his 2012 season debut April 7 at San Diego.

The Dodgers might put Lilly on the 15-day disabled list, backdate it to Monday and then have him ready to start the sixth game of the season, April 11, against the Pittsburgh Pirates, allowing them to carry an additional reliever through the first five games.

"He is better," Mattingly said Tuesday, "but not significantly better."

Lilly missed his scheduled bullpen session Saturday with the neck issue.

"It sounds like he just slept on it funny and it just got tight on him," Mattingly said Sunday, "and he is having trouble turning his head."

If Lilly misses his start, it would likely mean Chris Capuano, the fifth starter who wasn't expected to make his first regular-season start until April 11, would be moved up and pitch in that season-opening, four-game series in San Diego.

"I'm not really worried about it too much," Mattingly said Sunday. "I thought it would be more of a one-day thing and then back on schedule, but in talking to (trainer) Sue (Falsone), we'll have to think about (the rotation). We haven't really discussed that yet."

Tony Jackson

ESPNLosAngeles.com

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