Due to precautionary reasons, starting pitcher Rich Hill has been scratched from Friday’s start. Instead, the Dodgers will activate Brandon McCarthy from the 15-day disabled list (hip) and he will make his first start since Aug. 13
The concern is still over the blisters of Hill, this time citing a blister on his left index finger that is troubling his curveball.
Hill was in the midst of a perfect game against the Miami Marlins Sept. 10 before being pulled by manager Dave Roberts.
Vin Scully chimed in on Dave Roberts' decision to pull Rich Hill with his perfect game going. "It was the correct call."
— Eric Stephen (@truebluela) September 21, 2016
Since being acquired by the Dodgers Hill has only yielded 16 hits in 29 1/3 innings pitched. He has a 3-2 record as a member of Los Angeles.
Although he is being scratched from this start, Roberts expressed the desire to start Hill one more time this season and it will most likely come in the season finale series against the San Francisco Giants. A team in which he made his Dodgers’ debut against.
As for McCarthy, he has been on the disabled list, bothered by a hip injury that has costed him to miss a month plus worth of action.
Last season, McCarthy played in only four games and posted a 3-0 record with a 5.87 ERA.
In limited play this season, he has a ERA of 3.63 while posting a 2-2 record. He has only played in eight games for the Dodgers this season, however will get to audition for the team’s postseason roster.
To oppose McCarthy, the Rockies will send 5-6 Tyler Anderson to the mound as the Dodgers will look to clinch the outright NL West divisional crown.
Also, the matchup marks Vin Scully’s last home game, bringing his illustrious 67 year career in Dodger Stadium to an end.