GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The Dodgers switched up their pitching assignments Wednesday morning, taking scheduled Cactus League game starter Ted Lilly and moving him to a Minor League game so they could run a large group of relievers through the afternoon game with the Padres.
Manager Don Mattingly explained a series of reasons for making the move: Lilly already is scheduled to make his next start against the Padres, as well as his opening regular-season start in San Diego; plus, Sunday's rain-shortened game delayed the relievers from getting in their innings, particularly the pitchers still fighting for a roster spot.
As a result, one of those on the bubble -- non-roster invitee Jamey Wright -- will start Wednesday against San Diego. The extra spot seemed to be his to lose when camp opened, and this will be a critical outing for him.
Also expected to pitch in the game: Todd Coffey, Kenley Jansen, Scott Rice, Juan Nieve, Mike MacDougal, John Grabow and possibly Ronald Belisario.