Los Angeles Dodgers replacing Ted Lilly for at least one start
The Los Angeles Dodgers will start pitcher Nathan Eovaldi on Tuesday in place of Ted Lilly, The Los Angeles Times reports.
The L.A. Times reported that Dodgers manager Don Mattingly brushed aside questions about replacing Lilly, but double-A Chattanooga pitching coach Chuck Crim said Eovaldi would take Lilly's place in the rotation for at least one turn.
Health concerns have dogged Lilly throughout the 2012 season thus far. He began the season on the disabled list with neck stiffness.
Lilly has pitched well this season, going 5-1 in eight starts with a 3.14 ERA. At double-A Chattanooga, Eovaldi went 2-2 with a 3.09 ERA in 35 innings.
Lilly suffered through his worst outing of the season on Wednesday, giving up eight earned runs while allowing nine hits and walking five batters in an 11-4 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks. He left after 3 1/3 innings.
The L.A. Times reports that the Dodgers are "growing concerned about their rotation beyond Lilly's health." One example: Chad Billingsley's 0-2 record and 5.85 ERA in May. The Dodgers are reportedly one of the teams interested in signing free-agent pitcher Roy Oswalt, but they balked at his $7.5 million asking price.