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Lilly's MRI reveals no structural damage

Lilly's MRI reveals no structural damage

Lilly's MRI reveals no structural damage
DENVER -- The Dodgers received good news regarding one of their core starters Friday, as the results of Ted Lilly's MRI came back revealing no structural damage to his left shoulder.

"Teddy's MRI went good," manager Don Mattingly said. "That was good for us. With the medication [they gave him], they expect him to have a few days off here with that, and basically start moving forward."

Lilly made his second trip to the disabled list on Monday, retroactive to May 24, with left shoulder inflammation. The left-hander began the season on the DL with unrelated neck stiffness, and has gone 5-1 with a 3.14 ERA in eight starts.

"At this time we are not looking at surgery," head athletic trainer Sue Falsone said of Lilly. "We are looking at conservative treatment. Calm this thing down and rehab him back."

Matt Kemp, also on his second DL stint, will begin his rehab after a weekend of rest. Kemp went on the DL on May 14 with a left hamstring strain and was reactivated Tuesday before suffering the same injury in Thursday's game.

Kemp will meet the club in Philadelphia after spending the weekend with no activity of any kind.

"With everything that he's been through, the PRP [injections], the protocol is to do basically nothing for a few days, and he's probably better off doing nothing away from here," Mattingly said. "If he gets around us, he always wants to do something."

Kemp is hitting .355 with 12 homers and 28 RBIs in 36 games. When he returns to the team, it will be the beginning of a rehab process similar to the one he just completed.

"It's just about slowly but surely making sure he gets his range of motion back," Falsone said. "And then he begins to get his strength back, and once he does, he works on more power and agility and speed and those sorts of things. All the milestones are the same. You've got to check everything off."

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