Lou Piniella and Jim Hendry Clearly Disagree About Ted Lilly's Return Date

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Lou Piniella and Jim Hendry Clearly Disagree About Ted Lilly’s Return Date

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Chicago Cubs starter Ted Lilly is recovering from shoulder surgery, and he should be ready to go pretty soon after the season starts. Or not. But maybe. Or not.

It really just depends on whom you ask.

If there is one question mark it’s the status of starter Ted Lilly, who is not expected to be ready by Opening Day. He underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left shoulder in early November, and could miss the first month of the regular season.

“If you’re going to miss a pitcher, the first month is the best month because of rainouts, days off,” Piniella said of the lefty, who went 12-9 with a 3.10 ERA last season. “Teddy feels pretty good and he thinks he’ll be ready sooner. We’re not going to push it.” cubs.com.

This was Lou Piniella’s position two months ago. He believes Lilly is unlikely to return before May 1. But Jim Hendry was on a media blitz last week, where, among other things, he was saying that he expects Lilly to be ready to go by mid-April.

Two weeks is, of course, not a huge difference – and for a starting pitcher, it might mean a difference of just two starts – but how are these two not on the same page? I mean, at least be on the same page with what you’re telling the media.

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