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Ted Lilly Leaves Game In Fifth Inning With Stiff Neck

Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Ted Lilly left Saturday's game against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field after suffering a stiff neck. Lilly was removed from the game with two outs in the bottom of the fifth inning after walking Dexter Fowler to put runners at first and third. Lilly had thrown just 72 pitches.

The walk to Fowler was the third walk of the day for Lilly, who had never walked more than two batters an any of his first 37 starts as a Dodger. Pitching coach Rick Honeycutt made a mound visit after the third walk, and was eventually joined by team trainers. After a brief discussion, Lilly left the game, and was releieved by Hong-Chih Kuo.

Presumably, if it is serious enough to place Lilly on the disabled list, either John Ely or Dana Eveland would be promoted from Triple A Albuquerque to take Lilly's place. But that is jumping ahead just a bit.

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