Ted Lilly Still Aiming for Opening Day

Posted on 18 February 2010 by Lou

Despite what we wrote the other day, it looks like Ted Lilly still thinks he might be ready by opening day.  I hope he’s right.  Lilly underwent successful arthroscopic surgery on his left shoulder in early November.  Although it was considered a “minor” procedure, anytime you have surgery on your throwing arm, there’s gotta be some concern.  Lilly has been playing catch and even throws from 120 feet now.  He has yet to start throwing off a mound, but with pitchers and catchers reporting today, we should hear something about a game plan for Lilly in the coming weeks.

Lilly had this to say about his status and his rehab progress: “It feels pretty strong.  I expect to be ahead of schedule, whatever schedule comes out… I don’t know what the date it.  I’d like to be ready when all the other healthy guys are.  That would be good for me.  If I can’t, I’ll be disappointed.  I have to undrestand that sometimes you take one step back to gain a couple forward.  The whole idea is to not only come back as soon as possible and be out there contributing but be productive too…  I think the real test is first, when you get on the mound and start throwing downhill off the slope and after that when you get into a game situation and you try to really dial it up with runners in scoring position or whatever it is…”

Should be interesting to see how the Cubs play it with Lilly.  If he misses too much time early in the season, the Cubs could start digging themselves into a big hole if the 4th and 5th starters don’t step up too much.  On the other hand, you don’t want to rush it too much with Lilly and risk a setback where he ends up missing more time.  We’ll keep you posted once things really start going in Mesa this week and next week…

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