04/12/12 12:27 AM ET
Lilly's return creates roster conundrum
By Ken Gurnick / MLB.com
Management kept Josh Lindblom as an eighth reliever to replace Lilly, but Lindblom has already shown his value by pitching two scoreless innings of long relief twice in the first four games of the season against San Diego.
"He's been great since last year," manager Don Mattingly said of Lindblom. "He's smart, he can follow a game plan and execute it. He throws strikes, doesn't walk a bunch of people. If we get in trouble, he's a bridge to get to the guys in the back end."
That said, Mattingly begged off when asked if Lindblom is automatically the move to make room for Lilly.
"We'll cross that bridge when we get there," he said.
Kershaw gets Cy in pregame ceremony
LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers held a ceremony to present Clayton Kershaw with the National League Cy Young Award plaque before Wednesday night's game.
Fernando Valenzuela, the 1981 Cy Young winner for the Dodgers, made the award presentation, which Kershaw originally received during the offseason at the New York Baseball Writers Banquet.
As part of the ceremony, Kershaw's wife, Ellen, threw out the first pitch to Cindy Ellis, wife of Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis. Ellen attempted to make the toss from in front of the mound, but Clayton waved her back to the rubber.
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly was asked where his 1985 American League MVP award is kept.
"It's in storage," he said. "I keep hoping the automatic payment gets made so I don't see it show up on 'Storage Wars' getting bid up."
Scheduling conflict alters broadcast schedule
LOS ANGELES -- With Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully still sidelined by a cold, a scheduling conflict will necessitate Wednesday night's Dodgers-Pirates game to be joined in progress by PRIME TICKET after the conclusion of the Clippers-Thunder NBA game, which begins at 5 p.m.
Scully also missed the Dodgers home opener on Tuesday for the first time since 1977.
KCAL9, which also telecasts Dodgers games, is televising a Lakers-Spurs game that begins at 5:30 p.m.
Charley Steiner and Steve Lyons filled in for Scully, while Rick Monday and Kevin Kennedy handled the radio end on AM 570 Fox Sports Los Angeles.
The game also was the first Spanish-language television broadcast of 50 this season, with Jorge Jarrin debuting on play-by-play and coach Manny Mota the analyst. Jarrin (Capt. Jorge from his days as a traffic reporter) is the son of Hall of Fame radio broadcaster Jaime Jarrin.
Scully is expected to miss at least one more game.
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.