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Lilly slated to make spring debut against Angels

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Dodgers left-hander Ted Lilly is scheduled to make his first Spring Training appearance on Thursday against the Angels at 12:05 p.m. PT on MLB.TV. Ace Clayton Kershaw will start the contest.

Lilly is coming off September shoulder surgery to repair a frayed left labrum. Although he hasn't had any setbacks, Lilly has been eased into a spring workload for precautionary purposes.

Lilly is one of eight established starting pitchers with guaranteed salaries in Dodgers camp. His uncertain health was a contributing factor in the club's offseason acquisitions of free agents Zack Greinke and Hyun-Jin Ryu, and Lilly is joined by Chris Capuano and Aaron Harang as starters from last year's rotation who don't seem to have a role this year.

The 37-year-old Lilly was off to career-best 5-0 start in 2012, but he made only eight appearances -- none after May 23.

Stephen Fife, who followed Kershaw in Saturday's exhibition opener, will pitch in the split-squad game on Friday against the Angels in Tempe at 12:05 p.m. PT on MLB.TV.