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Lilly takes liner off shin in rehab start

LOS ANGELES -- Left-handed pitcher Ted Lilly was hit on his shin by a line drive in a Minor League rehab start with Class A Advanced Rancho Cucamonga on Sunday, but Dodgers outfielder Carl Crawford served as designated hitter and did not have any issues with his once-strained left hamstring.

Lilly, rehabbing a chronic neck disk issue, was removed in the fourth inning after the comebacker hit him. The veteran was charged with four runs on five hits, including a solo home run, in three-plus innings. Lilly struck out four against two walks.

Lilly hoped to make just one rehab start before being activated. It's unclear whether this development will alter his timetable.

Crawford went 2-for-3 and scored from second base on a single. He's expected to test his hamstring by playing the outfield on Monday with the Quakes. Crawford has been on the disabled list since June 2 and hopes to be reactivated after four rehab games.

Austin Laymance is an associate reporter for
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