LOS ANGELES -- To make room for Ted Lilly, who will start Saturday's game against the Padres, the Dodgers placed reliever Todd Coffey on the 15-day disabled list with an inflamed right knee.
Lilly, set to make his first start of the season, began the year on the DL with a strained neck.
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said Coffey hasn't been 100 percent the last few games, and has been receiving treatment on the knee.
"He is OK. It is something that has been creeping up on him a little," Mattingly said. "Honestly though, if we were later in the year, I don't know if we would be DLing him."
More than anything, Mattingly said the team wanted to make sure the injury didn't linger or get any worse.
In three appearances this season, all against the Padres, Coffey has tossed one inning, surrendering four runs on four hits. In Friday's game, the right-hander couldn't record an out, giving up two runs on two hits in the seventh inning.
"We felt like now it was best to get him healthy and get it behind us," Mattingly said. "It is a long season and he hasn't thrown the ball the way he is capable of."
The move does allow the team to keep right-handed reliever Josh Lindblom a little longer. A valuable extra piece in the Dodgers bullpen with Lilly on the DL, Lindblom has excelled in four games this season, giving up only one hit in six innings of work with two holds.
"Josh is throwing the ball well, but still has options and if Ted hadn't got hurt, Josh wouldn't have been here at all," Mattingly said. "He has been a welcome addition for us, though."
Mattingly tweaks lineup vs. Padres prospect
LOS ANGELES -- With right-hander Joe Wieland making his Major League debut for the Padres on Saturday night, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly decided to make a few adjustments to the team's starting lineup.
Jerry Hairston got the nod at second base, while Adam Kennedy was penciled in at third and Matt Treanor started behind the plate.
Tony Gwynn also got his second straight start in left field, giving Juan Rivera the night off.
"With a guy that we don't really know, I feel like we are better off with a left-handed lineup," Mattingly said. "Instead of doing everyone tomorrow, I figured I would break it up and give some today off and others tomorrow off.
"Jerry is most comfortable at second and Adam can play second and third."
Mattingly also fully recognizes which players need more rest than others during the grind of a long season.
"It was either going to be today or tomorrow," Mattingly said. "The guys I try to take care of, like Juan Uribe, Juan Rivera and Mark Ellis, I just can't throw out there every day."
Scully set for return to Dodgers booth Sunday
LOS ANGELES -- Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully will return to the booth Sunday for his first 2012 regular-season game at Dodger Stadium, the team announced on Saturday.
Scully, 84, has missed the past five contests while recovering from a bad cold.
Charley Steiner and Steve Lyons called Saturday's game against the Padres on PRIME TICKET, while Rick Monday and Kevin Kennedy were behind the microphone on AM 570 Fox Sports Los Angeles.
Nancy Bea Hefley, who is celebrating her 25th year as Dodger Stadium's organist, threw out the ceremonial first pitch before Saturday's game against the Padres.
The Dodgers have taken four of five games from the Padres to start the 2012 season and have beaten San Diego in 14 of their past 17 games dating back to July 8, 2011.
Quinn Roberts is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.