LOS ANGELES -- Ted Lilly had a shaky start for Class A Rancho Cucamonga on Friday night, but Dodgers manager Don Mattingly isn't fixating on they lefty's stats just yet.
"Sounds like it was some good and some bad," Mattingly said before Saturday's game against the Pirates. "He threw some balls really well. Some balls didn't come out as good. The velocity showed a little bit of inconsistency. But overall, it was a step in the direction of being competitive. From the standpoint of progress, it was good."
Lilly allowed five runs on nine hits, including three home runs, in six innings. He struck out four and threw 77 pitches. He began the season on the disabled list, unable to get enough work in Spring Training because of the flu and a rainout. He's coming off left shoulder surgery.
Lilly is expected to make at least one more rehab outing before he's ready to start in the Major Leagues. The Dodgers will then have to find a roster spot for him. Mattingly said Lilly is not a likely candidate to go to the bullpen, where the club has already stashed starter Chris Capuano.
Austin Laymance is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.