News On Hill Isn't Good

All along, the Nationals have insisted that Shawn Hill should be ready for September. Now though, with more swelling in his already repaired right elbow, Hill is lost for the season and potentially longer.

The injury woes got worse for the Nationals on Thursday when they were forced to schedule an appointment for Shawn Hill to see famed surgeon Dr. James Andrews to get his opinion on Hill's ailing elbow. Reports say that the swelling in Hill's elbow worsened as he rehabilitated to attempt to pitch in September. Hill had missed the entire 2005 season after undergoing Tommy John Surgery and it's feared that he may be headed for the same surgery once again.

General manager Jim Bowden said that an MRI showed calcification around the elbow, a condition that sometimes occurs after Tommy John Surgery. If the calcification is bad enough, Hill would need more surgery to remove that problem, but wouldn't miss as much time as he did in 2005.

When Hill does return, it may be as a member of the Nationals bullpen. The Nats had figured on using him strictly in relief for the rest of the season and making a decision about his role after the season ended.

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