Spring Training Report: February 21
ST Jays Pitchers
Spring Training Reporter
Posted Feb 21, 2005

A day after being sidelined with shoulder tendinitis, Ted Lilly was in a good mood as he participated in non-throwing and conditioning drills.

Lilly was throwing on the side Saturday when he felt a strange feeling in his arm and went to get it checked out. Lilly was examined by a team physician and also Dr. James Andrews and subsequently was diagnosed with a minor case of tendinitis. Lilly is expected to continue his normal workout in seven to ten days.

It is the second consecutive year that Lilly comes into spring training and gets hurt. In 2004, he showed up with a sprained wrist and as a result did not pitch until mid March.

“It’s a bummer to come in here two years in a row and not be ready to go” said Lilly. “In the long run it’s even more important for me to be ready to go when the season starts, as opposed to trying to push it now.”

Despite the setback, Lilly believes he will be able to pitch once spring training games begin on March 4.

Ligtenberg Taking It Easy

The Jays reliever was sidelined most of last season with a hip injury and his desire to get back to the mound made it worse as he often overworked himself. When he first got injured last May, he should’ve shut down his running, however, he kept running and running, and the hip became more tighter and took longer to loosen up. This off-season, the reliever did stretching and balance exercises to loosen up the muscles in what doctors labeled an arthritic hip.

“Some of the doctors and therapists have said it’s such a minor early onset of arthritis and that almost anybody who’s been playing that long or running and lifting that long will have it” Ligtenberg said.

This spring the reliever will be taking it easy and manager John Gibbons said part of the reason they will carry 12 pitchers is to try and keep Ligtenberg out of high-stress outings.

“We have to do what’s right for him. You hope he’s telling you the truth and if he’s hurting that bad, he won’t be active.”

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