Dodgers trainer encouraged by results of Ted Lilly’s MRI exam

DENVER -- An MRI exam Ted Lilly underwent on Friday didn’t reveal any previously unknown damage to his left shoulder.

“At this time, we’re not looking at surgery,” Dodgers trainer Sue Falsone said. “We’re looking at conservative treatment.”

The MRI exam showed Lilly had inflammation in the back part of the shoulder.

“It showed nothing new, which is lovely,” Falsone said.


Falsone couldn’t set a timetable for Lilly’s return. Lilly was placed on the 15-day disabled list Monday.

“Any time you have a starting pitcher who doesn’t throw for 10 days to two weeks, you have to build them back up,” Falsone said. “The whole throwing progression takes some time, too. It’s really going to be dependent on when he starts throwing.”

In other injury news, Matt Kemp received an injection of platelet-rich plasma. Kemp is expected to rejoin the Dodgers for their series in Philadelphia, which starts Monday.

Outfielder Juan Rivera could be activated from the disabled list in Philadelphia. Rivera, who played in two minor league games this week, could head out for another minor league rehabilitation assignment before then.

Third baseman Juan Uribe took batting practice for the third consecutive day and could head out to a minor league rehabilitation assignment next week.


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