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Lilly set to join rotation after Capuano's injury


BALTIMORE -- Ted Lilly will start Wednesday night's game against the Mets, manager Don Mattingly confirmed Friday. Lilly replaces the injured Chris Capuano, who previously replaced the injured Zack Greinke.

"That's our plan," said Mattingly. "Obviously, he's got to come out of the bullpen today and one more [side session], but that's the plan."

It's been a couple weeks of drama for Lilly, who opened the season on the disabled list, as his recovery from last year's shoulder surgery was slowed during Spring Training by the flu and a rained-out start.

He was in a standoff with management a week ago over whether he needed additional Minor League rehab starts, but injuries to Greinke and Capuano left the Dodgers needing Lilly now.

"I spent plenty of time on the DL last year and I can't wait to get off it," said Lilly, who threw a bullpen session Friday and will have another Sunday. "Unfortunately, to be completely frank, the last thing we needed was something like what happened to Greinke and Cappy going down. I hope they get back as soon as possible."

Lilly said each of his three rehab starts was better than the previous with his delivery and ability to adjust. He said he's looking forward to competing again in the Major Leagues for the first time since last May.

"I don't take anything for granted or expect anything given to me," he said. "I've never been that way. I'm fortunate to be able to do what I do and very grateful for the opportunity to pitch in the big leagues. I realize that could change at any moment."

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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