Dodgers designate LHP Ted Lilly for assignment; recall INF Elian Herrera

Ted Lilly was designated for assignment today to make room on the 25 man active roster for infielder/outfielder Elian Herrera. Lilly had a 3.81 ERA over parts of four season in Los Angeles. (Image source: Los Angeles Times at http://www.trbimg.com/img-50a59102/turbine/la-sp-dn-dodgers-ted-lilly-20121115-001/600)

Per Bleacher Report, the Dodgers made a roster move this afternoon, designating left handed pitcher Ted Lilly for assignment.

Lilly was 0-2 with a 5.09 ERA with the Dodgers this season and had spent most of the season either on the disabled list or pitching ineffectively out of the rotation.  Lilly was to be used out of the bullpen according to multiple reports, but it appears now that the Dodgers have decided to cut ties with the veteran Lilly, who is in the final year of a three year contract.

Lilly was acquired from the Chicago Cubs during the stretch run of the 2010 season and stayed on with the multi-year deal afterward.  Over the course of his time with the Dodgers, Lilly posted a 24-21 record with a 3.81 ERA and most recently had success last season when he was 5-1 with a 3.14 ERA in 48 innings pitched before getting shut down for the season with an injury.

While there has been no word on a trade for Lilly or any teams having interest in him to this point, it would seem likely that the veteran lefty could find work with a contending ball club in need of pitching help down the stretch

Taking Lilly’s place on the roster is utility infielder/outfielder Elian Herrera.  Herrera has sported a .253 average in 194 career at-bats, which includes a homer and 17 RBIs.

Utility Infielder/Outfielder Elian Herrera gets the call from AAA Albuquerque, giving the Dodgers another versatile bench player who can also spell any outfield position as well as second base, third base, and shortstop. The speedy Herrera could also be used as a pinch running option. (Image source: http://www4.pictures.zimbio.com/gi/Elian+Herrera+St+Louis+Cardinals+v+Los+Angeles+-DEAKdWH0Nel.jpg)
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