7/30 Lilly focuses on pitching, not rumors

For Ted Lilly, it’s business as usual. The lefty did his side work on Friday at Coors Field in preparation for Monday’s scheduled start against the Milwaukee Brewers. Lilly will know Saturday afternoon whether he’ll be pitching for the Cubs. The trading deadline is 3 p.m. CT.

“Teddy wants to stay here but he knows the game of baseball and he knows that something could happen,” Cubs manager Lou Piniella said Friday. “It’s good to see they want to stay here. That speaks well.”

Lilly has been linked to the Dodgers with the Tigers as another possibility, according to reports. But the sticking point apparently is how much of the more than $4 million still owed the left-hander the next team will pick up. Lilly is trying not to think about all of that.

“We’re near the end of July and I only have three wins,” said the lefty, who is 3-8 with a 3.69 ERA. “I really want more than that.

“It doesn’t settle so well,” he said. “I’ve got 18 starts and I’ve got three wins. It’s bothersome. That’s what I’m here for is to go out and try to win.”

One thing that has worked against Lilly is he has gotten the least amount of run support in the Major Leagues.

He hasn’t gotten any updates from Cubs general manager Jim Hendry, just friendly razzing from his teammates.

“I don’t know what goes into that and what they have to consider,” Lilly said. “A lot of that is over my head. There are things that go into making these kinds of decisions. It’s not my job to try to keep up with them and what they’re doing.”

So, he’s focused on pitching.

“I’m focused on doing whatever will help me be a better pitcher,” he said.

— Carrie Muskat

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