Starting pitcher Ted Lilly was activated from the disabled list yesterday and today he was designated for assignment by the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The fourteen year veteran who has played in Los Angeles during the past four seasons struggled with chronic neck issues this year which has only allowed him to appear in five games, pitching 23 innings in those starts.
When he was on the diamond, the results weren’t pretty. In those starts, Lilly compiled a 5.09 ERA alongside a 1.61 WHIP – a far cry from the success he found in Los Angeles in recent years.
Now 37, the Dodgers fully stocked with arms decided it was time to cut the former 17 game winner in 2008 loose. They will still be on the hook for his salary as he is still owed over $13.5 million dollars and obviously wont draw any interest on the waiver wire.
It’s possible he could see a Spring Training invite or two next season but his days of being a relevant pitcher are long gone. Certainly not the way he wanted to see his relatively solid career come to an end if it is indeed complete.