Lilly's conversion is particularly noteworthy because he never expected to respond to the alternative treatment, even though his wife, Natasha, is a veterinarian who regularly utilizes acupuncture in the treatment of large and small animals.
"I went into it doubtful it would work, because I don't understand the science of it," Lilly said. "But I got to the point where I was concerned if I'd be able to pitch, so I was willing to try.
"I've had [treatment] the last couple of days and I noticed it as soon as I got off the table. It's hard to think it's from anything else. I had more movement after being so locked up."
Tani is in his seventh season as the club's message therapist. A native of Japan, he spent 10 seasons with the Hanshin Tigers before coming to the Dodgers.