Thursday, February 18, 2010

Seriously now...what is wrong with Ted Lilly?

Today Ted Lilly threw 30 pitches off of flat ground today and reports are that he looked ok and isn't too far behind the other pitchers as they prepare for the 2010 season.

But after his workout, it was reported that he was going to have his right knee looked at by a doctor...maybe even having an MRI done.

The reports state that the knee had been bothering him for a couple of weeks now.

If you recall, last season, Lilly had one of his knees scoped and missed a couple of starts.  That was his left knee.  Right knees, for left handed pitchers are slightly less important as the right leg is the landing leg for them.  Usually if a left hander has problems with the left knee, which they push off the mound with, it would be of greater concern.

In the end, this will likely not affect Lilly's recovery from shoulder surgery, and in a way, may be good because it could slow down his rather ambitious schedule of being ready by opening day.  Personally, I'd like Lilly to go slow on this rehab and wait until the 2nd or 3rd week of the season before coming back.  Besides, with the extra off days in April, the Cubs could probably go pretty far with just having a 4 man rotation until the middle of that month.

At this point, be more concerned about Angel Guzman's knee problems.