PHOENIX – Starting pitcher Ted Lilly will start the regular season on the disabled list, Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly announced Friday afternoon.
Lilly will trade places in the rotation with No. 5 starter Chris Capuano. That means Capuano will start the Dodgers’ third game of the season, on April 7 against the San Diego Padres.
With the four-game series in San Diego followed by a day off and Clayton Kershaw scheduled to start the home opener on April 10, the Dodgers were previously planning to skip Capuano’s first turn in the rotation.
Lilly is expected to make his season debut on April 14.
Lilly threw a bullpen session Friday morning, but he still has to build up his pitch count. He is scheduled to throw a simulated game on Monday and start a minor league game on April 8.