Right when the Dodgers had to clear a roster spot for left-handed starter Ted Lilly, someone conveniently turned up injured.
And it so happened that the injured player was the reliever with the highest earned-run average on the team.
Funny how that happens, no?
Todd Coffey, with a bloated 36.00 ERA, was placed on the disabled list Saturday. Lilly was activated to start the game on this night against the Padres.
Mattingly insisted that the right-handed reliever’s right knee is inflamed, as did Coffey himself. Coffey said his knee started bothering him a few days ago.
Mattingly acknowledged the injury isn’t particularly severe and described the move as a precautionary measure.
“If we were later in the year, I don’t know if we’d be DLing him,” Mattingly said. “It’s too early to be messing around and turning into something bigger.”