PEORIA, Ariz. – Asked by Manager Don Mattingly on Wednesday if he would consider starting the season on the disabled list, Ted Lilly said he has some thinking to do.
“I’m not really sure,” Lilly said.
The Dodgers have 13 pitchers with guaranteed contracts, but Mattingly said he doesn’t want to carry more than 12 on the opening-day roster. Placing Lilly on the disabled list would clear a roster spot.
Chad Billingsley could be placed on the disabled list retroactively to March 22. If he is, he would probably be activated about a week into the season, making it a very short-term solution.
Roster space could also be created by trading Chris Capuano or Aaron Harang.
Lilly has said he would accept a relief role, something Capuano and Harang have been noncommittal about.
“I’d like to pitch for the Dodgers,” said Lilly, who is owed $12 million this year.
Lilly last pitched in relief in 2003 and is coming off shoulder surgery. His spring throwing program was disrupted by illness and bad weather.