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Lilly's spot on Dodgers' packed roster still in question


PHOENIX -- Ted Lilly is in limbo.

The Dodgers told Lilly they want him to make two more rehab starts in the Minor Leagues. Lilly told the Dodgers, no thanks.

With Chris Capuano getting Tuesday night's start in place of the injured Zack Greinke, where does that leave Lilly?

"I don't know," said the 37-year-old lefty, who has made two rehab starts and believes he's ready to pitch for the Dodgers.

"We'd like him to go back out," said manager Don Mattingly. "I'll go as far as that."

Players must agree to rehab assignments. To remain on the disabled list, they're supposed to be injured. Clearly, Lilly wants to be in the Major Leagues. Clearly, the Dodgers don't have a spot for him now.

If he doesn't remain disabled and isn't activated, he can be traded or released. No taxi squad exists.

Lilly said he's willing to pitch out of the bullpen, "but that's not something they'd like me to do."

"I feel good about getting hitters out, left-handed hitters, right-handed hitters, starting, relieving, whatever it is," he said. "What happens from here, I'm not exactly sure."

Until the game in which he was injured last May in Arizona, Lilly was having the best season of his career (5-0, 1.79 ERA). And that was a carryover from the end of 2011, when he won five of his last six decisions.

Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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