Lilly throws off mound for first time since injury

Lilly throws off mound for first time since injury

PHOENIX -- For the first time since being placed on the disabled list on May 28 with shoulder inflammation, Dodgers pitcher Ted Lilly threw off the mound Sunday.

"Now we just continue, that's his first time really throwing downhill," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. "It's part of the progression. He looked pretty good."

The club originally placed Lilly on the 15-day disabled list but moved him to the 60-day DL on Monday. Once he feels he's ready, the 36-year-old veteran will begin the throw bullpen sessions to build arm strength before heading out on a rehab assignment then finally back to the Dodgers.

"He'll have to go out and build pitch count," Mattingly said. "He has to throw 90-100 pitches, otherwise you're in your bullpen by the fifth inning."

In eight starts before the injury, Lilly worked with a 3.14 ERA and a 5-1 record while striking out 31 batters.