LAD@NYM: Lilly strikes out seven over five innings

The Dodgers designated veteran pitcher Ted Lilly for assignment on Thursday and recalled utility player Elian Herrera from Triple-A Albuquerque.

Lilly compiled an 0-2 record and a 5.09 ERA in five starts with the Dodgers this season. He was activated from the 15-day disabled list on Wednesday after he battled through a flareup of degenerative arthritis in his neck.

He appeared to be headed to a role as a reliever before Los Angeles removed him from the 40-man roster on Thursday.

In 58 starts over parts of four seasons with the Dodgers, Lilly posted a 24-21 record with a 3.83 ERA. The southpaw has tallied 130 wins over his 15-year big league career.

Herrera has appeared in three games for Los Angeles this season. He has two hits in seven at-bats. In 80 contests with the Isotopes, he batted .290 with six home runs, 40 RBIs and 14 stolen bases. Herrera hit .251 in 67 games for the Dodgers last season. He played second, short, third and all three outfield positions.