Injured Lilly gets on mound, starts throwing program

Injured Lilly gets on mound, starts throwing program

LOS ANGELES -- Left-hander Ted Lilly began a throwing program on Wednesday and was back on the mound for the first time since receiving an injection in his right rib cage on April 30.

Lilly, on the 15-day disabled list, played catch in the outfield and threw off a mound at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday afternoon, although it was not a bullpen session.

"We'll see what that does for him," manager Don Mattingly said before Wednesday's game against the D-backs.

While Lilly is able to throw again, right-hander Stephen Fife has yet to resume throwing due to right shoulder bursitis that has kept him on the disabled list since April 26.

Zack Greinke is also on the disabled list and is nearing a rehab assignment. But the Dodgers have yet to place a timetable on when Greinke will make a start in the Minor Leagues. He threw a bullpen session Tuesday, but his broken left collarbone is still healing.

"It's still going in the right direction," Mattingly said. "We haven't had any setbacks with him. It's really more holding him back a little bit."

Mark Ellis is the closest of the nine Dodgers players on the disabled list to beginning a rehab assignment. Mattingly said the second baseman would begin his rehab assignment "pretty soon." The veteran is nursing a strained right quad that has sidelined him since April 26.

Austin Laymance is an associate reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.