4/20 Lilly to start this weekend
Lou Piniella says Ted Lilly has passed all the tests and will start for the Cubs this weekend in Milwaukee. The left-hander could start Saturday or Sunday, and Piniella said they are leaning toward Saturday, which would be the second game of the three-game series.
Lilly tuned up by throwing 88 pitches over seven innings on Monday night for Class A Peoria. He also singled and tried to steal a base but was thrown out. Was Piniella OK with Lilly running like that?
“No, not really, but what can I do about it?” Piniella said. “He asked if he could hit, and we said sure. He got some at-bats and obviously got on base.”
Lilly is coming back from arthroscopic surgery on his left shoulder last November. On Monday, he struck out nine and gave up one run on three hits and one walk. Of his total 88 pitches, 63 were strikes.
When he is activated from the disabled list, one of the Cubs starters will be bumped and someone from the ‘pen also will be headed to the Minor Leagues. Piniella said he will sit down with pitching coach Larry Rothschild, GM Jim Hendry and assistant GM Randy Bush Friday to discuss their options.
– Carrie Muskat