Padres @ Dodgers April 14, 2012: Lilly Returns, Lindblom Remains

As expected, Ted Lilly was activated off of the disabled list to make tonight’s start against the Padres. Todd Coffey was placed on the DL with right knee soreness to make room, and whether that’s the true cause of his early season struggles or something a little more convenient, I do not know. What matters is that Josh Lindblom remains on the roster, and with three shutdowns without a single meltdown, while several other members of the bullpen continue to struggle, there was absolutely no way you could justify sending him down – option status be damned. With Coffey being swapped out for Lilly, the depth chart page has been updated.

Lilly will be opposed by 22-year-old righty Joe Wieland, making his major-league debut. Wieland was obtained by the Padres last summer in the deal that sent reliever Mike Adams to Texas; in 438 minor-league innings over parts of five seasons, Wieland has exhibited fantastic control, walking just 80. (And somehow had a 96/4 K/BB in 14 games at High-A ball last year, which is one of the most absurd things I’ve ever seen.) Since 2000, the Dodgers have faced 12 starting pitchers making their big-league debuts, and are just 3-9 in those games. That’s somewhat misleading, though, because in two of those losses they scored six earned runs off the rookie but still ended up losing anyway.

For the Dodgers, they’re really trotting out the B-team behind Loney in attempt to load up on lefties against the righty Wieland. Dee Gordon returns to the lineup after a day off, as does James Loney, but Jerry Hairston, Tony Gwynn, Adam Kennedy, and Matt Treanor also are all starting tonight. Even with the welcome respite from Juan Uribe, that bottom half of the lineup… yikes. Could make for some quick innings.

Padres
Dodgers
CF
Maybin
SS
Gordon
RF
Denorfia
LF
Gwynn
3B
Headley
CF
Kemp
LF
Guzman
RF
Ethier
1B
Alonso
1B
Loney
C
Hundley
2B
Hairston
SS
Bartlett
3B
Kennedy
2B
Hudson
C
Treanor
P
Wieland
P
Lilly
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