LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said he's not worried about James Loney's slow start offensively.
"For me, the biggest concern is that he starts panicking and doing something different," Mattingly said of the first baseman, who came into Tuesday's game against the Pirates 0-for-12 with three strikeouts.
"He's the same as he was in Spring Training and the end of last year. At this point, I'm still feeling good with James. My concern is that the next thing you know, he's got a toe tap and his hands are lower and his feet are spread out. But I think he feels all right."
Lilly on target to return for Saturday start
LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said he's expecting Ted Lilly to make his scheduled start on Saturday here against the Padres despite the results of Lilly's rehab start for Class A Rancho Cucamonga on Sunday.
"I'm not worried about it," said Mattingly. "Really, it's just to get his work in and to make sure he's healthy. He's able to go deep into a game, around 100 pitches, where we always are with Teddy."
Lilly, disabled with recurring neck stiffness, allowed seven runs (six earned) in six innings and two home runs, including a grand slam. He made 83 pitches.
Lilly said he felt fine physically but was unhappy with his pitching.
"I didn't pitch well at all," he said. "I felt good."
But Lilly said he's ready to go for Saturday and his arm is built up enough to give six or more innings.
"I don't see why not," he said. "It has a lot to do with how I pitch. If I keep pitching well, they'll leave me out there."
Lilly said his pitches were flat and lacked movement, but he blamed it on just a bad day on the mound, nothing physical.
He opened the season on the 15-day disabled list and will be activated for Saturday's game. He is scheduled to throw a bullpen session Wednesday.
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.