6/20/2013 12:20 A.M. ET
Dodgers expect Lilly to return soon
By Ken Gurnick / MLB.com
NEW YORK -- The Dodgers are looking at Ted Lilly's most recent injury as one that he should be able to return from relatively soon, manager Don Mattingly said.
Lilly was placed on the 15-day disabled list on June 9, retroactive to June 5, with a neck sprain, and he received an epidural injection June 11.
Mattingly said Lilly is rehabbing in Los Angeles and has resumed throwing, but the skipper was unaware if Lilly had thrown a bullpen session. The Dodgers don't consider him an option to pitch Sunday's game in San Diego, for which they are now scrambling to find a starter because of the disruption to the rotation caused by Tuesday night's rainout at Yankee Stadium.
The Dodgers also announced that Scott Elbert underwent Tommy John surgery on June 7 and is out for a year.
Magill the favorite for Dodgers' Sunday start
NEW YORK -- Manager Don Mattingly still wouldn't say on Wednesday night who will be called up to start for the Dodgers on Sunday.
But Triple-A Albuquerque's Matt Magill was yanked from his start on Wednesday night after only two innings, making him the most likely candidate.
Double-A Chattanooga's Zach Lee -- the Dodgers' No. 2 prospect, according to MLB.com -- was eliminated from consideration after pitching four innings and allowing six runs on Wednesday night.
Magill has had short and ineffective starts the last two times he was called up as an injury replacement, but he is on the 40-man roster.
The Dodgers could also turn to 34-year-old journeyman Matt Palmer, although he's not on the 40-man roster. Palmer allowed one run over seven innings on Tuesday night and is 3-3 with a 4.26 ERA in 11 starts for Albuquerque after missing most of April while recovering from left knee surgery he underwent during Spring Training. He is 13-7 lifetime in the Major Leagues, including 11-2 with the Angels in 2009.
Tuesday's rainout pushed back Hyun-Jin Ryu's start to Game 1 of Wednesday's doubleheader, leaving him only three days rest to return on Sunday.
With Capuano back, Castellanos optioned
NEW YORK -- The Dodgers activated pitcher Chris Capuano to start the second game of Wednesday's doubleheader and made room by optioning outfielder Alex Castellanos to Triple-A Albuquerque.
Castellanos started and went 0-for-2 in the first game of the twin bill, which Los Angeles lost, 6-4, to the Yankees.
Making his first appearance since May 29 -- a day before he hit the disabled list with a left lat strain -- Capuano held the Yankees to three singles over six innings during a 6-0 Dodgers win. The lefty threw 51 of his 84 pitches for strikes and didn't walk a batter.
With the move, the Dodgers will carry 13 pitchers, having used four relievers to pitch the final two innings of the first game of the doubleheader.
Mattingly fiddles with lineup for opener
NEW YORK -- Manager Don Mattingly juggled the lineup for Game 1 of Wednesday's doubleheader from the one he presented Tuesday night after the Yankees started former Dodgers right-hander Hiroki Kuroda in the opener and held Phil Hughes for the nightcap.
For the opener, Mattingly switched Hanley Ramirez from shortstop to designated hitter, moved Nick Punto from third base to short, started Juan Uribe at third base, rested second baseman Mark Ellis, moved Skip Schumaker from left field to second base and started Alex Castellanos in left field.
Mattingly said he planned to start Ramirez at shortstop in the second game, Ellis at second base and will likely have Jerry Hairston at DH.
The Dodgers also will be making a roster move before the second game, activating pitcher Chris Capuano to make the start and optioning either Castellanos or reliever Chris Withrow.
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.