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gods-wrathGood news on the injury front, starting pitcher Ted Lilly, who is out rehabbing a sore shoulder and after minor knee surgery, says he’s feeling great. So great, that he wants to be back to the Cubs as soon as next week. But manager Lou Piniella is gently applying the brakes.

Injured left-hander Ted Lilly is ”way ahead of schedule” in his recovery from arthroscopic surgery to remove damaged cartilage from his left knee, manager Lou Piniella said after Lilly threw a bullpen session Wednesday for the first since going on the disabled list.

The Cubs, though, still are targeting the Aug 17-19 series in San Diego for Lilly’s return.

”He seems to think he’ll be ready by the middle of next week, but we’re not going to rush it to that degree at all,” Piniella said.

Lilly, who also is rehabbing a sore shoulder, is scheduled for ”a little more of a blowout bullpen” Friday, Piniella said. If that goes well, he would have one more light pen session, then make a minor-league rehab start before being activated. CHICAGO SUN-TIMES.

If Tom Gorzelanny can fill in as adequately going forward as he did against the Reds, Lilly can take his time to rehab.

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