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Dodgers to use Chris Capuano or Ted Lilly to replace Zack Greinke

Dodgers starting spot will be filled by Capuano, who has made two relief appearances this season, or Lilly, who is coming off of shoulder surgery.

April 12, 2013|By Dylan Hernandez
  • Will Chris Capuano, above, replace the injured Zack Greinke in the Dodgers' pitching rotation?
Will Chris Capuano, above, replace the injured Zack Greinke in the Dodgers'… (Mark Duncan / Associated…)

PHOENIX — Chris Capuano or Ted Lilly will replace sidelined Zack Greinke in the Dodgers' rotation, according to General Manager Ned Colletti.

Capuano was 12-12 with a 3.72 earned-run average as a starting pitcher last season. But the additions of Greinke and Hyun-Jin Ryu forced him into a bullpen role. Capuano, who has made two relief appearances, was on a starter's throwing program for all of spring training.

Lilly, who won 12 games as recently as 2011, is currently inactive. The veteran left-hander underwent shoulder surgery in the winter, which delayed the start of his throwing program. The Dodgers used that as justification to place him on the disabled list and manufacture a spot on their overcrowded roster.

Lilly has pitched in two minor league games as part of rehabilitation assignment. He has given up 10 earned runs and 17 hits in 12 innings.

Short hops

Hanley Ramirez had the cast on his right hand removed Friday, exactly three weeks after he underwent surgery for a torn ligament in his thumb. Ramirez said he doesn't feel any discomfort in his thumb and that his range of motion was better than he expected. … Right-handed reliever Shawn Tolleson was recalled from triple-A Albuquerque to take Greinke's place on the active roster.

dylan.hernandez@latimes.com

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