If there is anything that Dodger fans have taken from this long season, it is that injuries can make or break a team. We saw early on that all of our players landing on the disabled list seemed to be hurting the team and many had lost hope. Thankfully, the boys in blue were able to turn things around and fight their way to the top of the National League West; however, their success doesn’t mean that they are done being hindered from injuries.
The most recent Dodger to cause fans much angst would have to be starting pitcher Rich Hill. Hill was acquired at the trade deadline but was transferred almost immediately to the disabled list due to a finger blister. The worst part of this situation is not the blister, but instead the multiple times that the team announced Rich Hill would be making his debut. Well, they have announced yet another possible date for Hill’s debut.
On Wednesday, Dave Roberts announced that Rich Hill would be throwing a simulated game in Arizona on Thursday to test his blister. He was supposed to go on a rehab assignment on Monday with OKC but, after throwing a bullpen session, that was switched to the simulated game. The hope is that it goes well and he will be ready to make his debut against San Francisco.
— Alanna Rizzo (@alannarizzo) August 17, 2016
Rich Hill could make his Dodgers debut against San Francisco next week, Dave Roberts said. He'll throw a sim game in Arizona tomorrow.
— Andy McCullough (@McCulloughTimes) August 17, 2016
Dodger fans sadly don’t have any positive memories of Rich Hill as of yet, but one look at his stats with the Athletics this season and the positivity begins to flow. Before going on the disabled list, Rich Hill had an impressive 2.25 ERA and a 9-3 record.
Like I said earlier, thankfully the Dodgers were able to fight their way to the top of the National League West, but there are still 43 games left this season. Could the Dodgers finish the season strong without Rich Hill? Most definitely, they have proven that much; however, adding Hill to the starting rotation will only make this already feared team that much better.