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Sore shoulder to send Lilly to DL
By Bruce Miles | Daily Herald Staff
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Published: 7/24/2009 7:50 PM

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Look for the Cubs to place left-hander Ted Lilly on the disabled list today.

Lilly, the Cubs' lone all-star, had an MRI arthrogram performed on his left shoulder Friday after experiencing soreness in the front part of his shoulder. The procedure involves shooting a dye into the affected area, and manager Lou Piniella acknowledged Lilly likely will be out two weeks. The Cubs said they'll know the results today.

"Oh, gosh," Piniella said. "We were just talking about getting (Ryan) Dempster back. We were happy about that. All of a sudden, the Lilly situation. It seems like every time we get player, we lose one. Let's see what the MRI says on Theodore, and we can go from there."

Piniella added that Lilly experienced similar problems in Toronto. He spent two stints on the DL in 2005 with what was termed tendinitis.

Lilly, who is 9-7 with a 3.59 ERA, had his last start pushed back two days because of an inflamed left knee. In that start, Monday at Philadelphia, he gave up 8 hits and 9 runs in 4 innings.

He was supposed to start today, but the Cubs will go with Kevin Hart instead and move Rich Harden from Monday to Sunday.

Across the bow: The St. Louis Cardinals beefed up their offense Friday by trading three prospects to Oakland for Matt Holliday. Cubs general manager Jim Hendry acknowledged Holliday should help the Cardinals and said the Cubs are pursuing their own path, which may or may not lead to a deal.

"He's a good player," Hendry said. "It's obviously a good move for them for their stretch run. He's a real good player, a real good kid, too.

"We're going to try to do what we have to do. Obviously, we've been in that spot before where we make big moves at the deadline or right before, in spots. Sometimes they work. Sometimes they don't."

Hendry seemed to take with a grain of salt Lou Piniella's statement of the other day that the Cubs might need two bats by the July 31 nonwaiver deadline.

"We haven't hit well, so that happens," Hendry said. "I know he says things tongue-in-cheek. In spring training, I think we all felt we had enough. We just haven't swung the bat the way we're capable of."

Dempster off DL on Tuesday: The Cubs now say pitcher Ryan Dempster will come off the disabled list Tuesday and pitch against the Astros.

Dempster, who has been on the DL since July 7 with a broken right big toe, had an X-ray on Thursday, and the Cubs were pleased with the results.

No demands: Rich Harden was taken aback to hear that a radio show Friday morning has said he demanded to pitch only at night or on the road.

Harden's numbers have been better at night than during the day and on the road over home, and the Cubs have tried to slot him at night, but Harden said there are no such demands.

"I guess somebody was telling me that somebody on the radio... I never said anything," he said. "No. Somebody had just asked me about day and night games, what I prefer. I said I prefer night games, which I do.

"I'm going to pitch when I'm pitching. That's ridiculous."