SAN FRANCISCO -- Dodgers starter Ted Lilly, on the disabled list with shoulder inflammation since May 24, will start a Minor League rehab assignment with Class A Rancho Cucamonga on Sunday.
Lilly is expected to pitch two innings in this initial start, but it probably will be two to three weeks before he has built up his pitch count high enough to be able to return to the Dodgers' starting rotation, as long as there are no setbacks.
"We'll build him up like it's Spring Training," said manager Don Mattingly. "He'll go two innings, depending on the number of pitches, then a bullpen to get him on a rotation and build up to the 90 [pitch] mark."
Lilly was off to one of the best starts of his career when he went down with the injury. He was 5-0 with a 1.79 ERA and was a candidate for an All-Star berth, but tried to pitch through pain in a May 23 game in Arizona and allowed eight runs in 3 1/3 innings before being sidelined.