After a rough start to the spring (sore knee, nasty flu), Ted Lilly is finally back at camp. The only bad news — this latest flu bout probably cost him any shot he had at being ready by opening day 2010. He missed 5 straight days because of a nasty virus and flu-like symptoms, including a 103-degree temperature. “It makes you really appreciate your health when it’s taken away… It didn’t hurt, it just felt weak. I felt some strength was taken away for sure. It’s awesome just being able to stand out there with the sun on my face and on my feet.”
The Cubs and Manager Lou Pinella have already indicated that they are going to take it slow with Lilly this spring. Sean Marshall, Carlos Silva, Jeff Samardzija and Tom Gorzelanny will all compete for the final 2 spots in the Cubs starting rotation to start the season. And once Lilly returns towards the middle to end of April, 1 will get bumped down to the bullpen or minor leagues.