Ted Lilly Could be Back by April 19

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Ted Lilly Could be Back by April 19

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Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Ted Lilly is coming along nicely in his rehab from shoulder surgery, and once again, it looks like he’ll miss just two starts.

Ted Lilly is on track to return to the Cubs as early as April 19 in New York.

Manager Lou Piniella said Lilly will throw three innings Tuesday in minor-league camp and make one more start Sunday before heading to a “warm” weather site for his rehab stint. From there he’ll make two more starts, getting up to 90 pitches.

Piniella wouldn’t give a date for Lilly’s return, but the schedule points to the start of the road trip at Citi Field. Chicago Breaking Sports.

When Lilly returns, the Cubs will have to make another difficult bullpen and roster decision – one of Carlos Silva and Tom Gorzelanny will be bumped from the rotation, probably in favor of the bullpen. Then, one of the bullpenners will have to go.

Author: Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Cubs Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.