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Lilly refuses minor league assignment

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Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Ted Lilly refused a minor league assignment from the Dodgers, leaving him a state of limbo.

Lilly is recovering from shoulder surgery, and he was expected to be a candidate to replace injured Zack Greinke in the rotation.

However, the Dodgers decided to go with Chris Capuano as Greinke's replacement instead. Lilly has already pitched twice on a minor league rehab assignment this season, first for Class A Rancho Cucamonga, and then Wednesday for Triple-A Albuquerque.

The Dodgers have four options regarding Lilly: They can activate him, designate him for assignment, release him, or trade him.

"We laid out a plan and Teddy doesn't want to be part of the plan," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. "It's out of my hands. We didn't feel he was ready to pitch at the major league level. For me, it's a baseball decision. It's nothing personal in any way, shape or form. We're giving him our baseball thoughts, what we think is best for him and the team."

Lilly, 37, is owed $12 million in the last year of his contract.

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