Lilly making progress, but team isn't rushing him
Laurence Miedema / San Jose Mercury News
CLEVELAND - Ted Lilly might not pitch in a game until at least mid-September, but the A's starter said his left shoulder feels so good that he hopes to be throwing off the mound by the end of this month.
Lilly went on the disabled list July 23 because of a sore shoulder and didn't even pick up a baseball until last week. Monday, Lilly threw from 150 feet for about 10 minutes before the game at Jacobs Field.
``We're going to see how that goes and then gradually stretch it out,'' Lilly said. ``Hopefully by the end of the trip I'll be able to get some work off the mound too.''
Lilly was acquired July 5 from the New York Yankees in a three-team trade and took a no-hitter into the fifth inning of his A's debut. He made one more start before going on the D.L. to begin a shoulder-strengthening program.
Trainer Larry Davis said the recovery will continue at a cautious pace because any setback would probably sideline Lilly, who has a history of shoulder problems, for the remainder of the season.
``We only get one shot at this,'' Davis said. ``Any setback will cost you about two to three weeks. We don't have two to three weeks.''
When Lilly is cleared to pitch, he probably will get his rehabilitation work done in simulated games before batting practice. All of the A's minor league teams conclude their regular seasons by Sept. 4 -- only Class A Modesto appears headed for the postseason -- and the Arizona instructional league doesn't start until mid-September.