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.