Lilly, De La Rosa making strides on rehab stints

Lilly, De La Rosa making strides on rehab stints

LOS ANGELES -- While the Dodgers' front office works hard to add more players before Tuesday's non-waiver Trade Deadline, a pair of pitchers on the current team are making progress to give the team a boost down the road this season.

Ted Lilly and Rubby De La Rosa both made their first rehab appearances on Sunday, and manager Don Mattingly was encouraged by what they showed.

Lilly, who had not pitched since May 23 due to left shoulder inflammation, threw two scoreless innings. Mattingly said the veteran starter will pitch again on Friday for Class A Rancho Cucamonga, and the plan was for Lilly to make at least three total rehab starts. Mattingly wants to make sure Lilly is able to come back in full force, and not in a limited role.

As for De La Rosa, Mattingly said the team will likely use the pitcher in a bullpen role when he returns.

The manager doesn't see De La Rosa as someone who can last seven innings this season, as he is months ahead of schedule following Tommy John surgery last August. He pitched three scoreless innings on Sunday, allowing two hits and one walk while striking out three.