Rich Hill missed just one turn in the Los Angeles Dodgers rotation, spent one period in the 10-Day DL and he was able to pitch just three innings against Arizona Diamondbacks in his return this Sunday.
This happened for the exact same and recurrent reason that has been tormenting him since last year.
A blister in the middle finger of Hill’s pitching hand threatens again the left hander’s playing time, as reported by MLB.com’s Ken Gurnick. The lefty went off on Sunday’s game with an aggravation of the injury soon after he allowed two earned runs, five hits, one home run, two walks and fired two strikeouts which wasn’t enough as he was beaten for the first time this season by the Diamondbacks.
It’s almost a fact that Hill won’t be able to make the next start, on Friday, and it is highly likely that he will be placed again on the 10-Day DL on Monday, according to SB Nation’s Eric Stephen. He had already spent a month in the list last year, between July and August, after being unable to complete a no-hitter in September 10th, 2016, when his manager, Dave Roberts, decided to take him off as a preventive measure in order to keep the pitcher healthy for the postseason.
In the 2017 season, he only managed to complete eight innings in two starts, in which he allowed seven hits, three earned runs, two homers, five base on balls and struck out seven. His ERA went from 1.80 to 3.38 after Sunday’s games.
Now it would make sense for the lefty to make at least one minor league start before returning to the Dodgers rotation, as AM 570 LA Sports’s David Vassegh said, after talking with Roberts on Sunday. Dodgers will most definitely take said measure in order to have Hill’s hand fully healed prior to his next start.