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Dodgers: An Update on Rich Hill’s Injury Status

The left-hander is expected to pitch again by next week

Rich Hill throwing a bullpen in Spring Training on March 3, 2019 (Photo Credit: Tim Rogers)

Dodgers’ pitcher Rich Hill is continuing to inch closer on his return to the mound after being shut down due to pain in his knee.

Today, the southpaw faced hitters in a simulated inning while wearing a knee brace. He threw 17 pitches and felt no pain, according to Alden Gonzalez.

He is expected to pitch on Tuesday against the San Diego Padres and again next Sunday against the San Francisco Giants, according to Alanna Rizzo.

Hill was told by Dr. Neal ElAttrache the pain in his knee was scar tissue from his spring MCL injury tearing, according to Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register. The recovery time was dependent on how long until the symptoms disappeared, and according to Hill his knee “felt great” today.

His stuff looked good and he was grunting and cursing like he normally does, per Mike DiGiovanna of the LA Times.

On the season, Hill has pitched to a 2.68 ERA, 4.30 FIP, 10.57 K/9 and 2.35 BB/9 in 53 2/3 innings of work. It is unclear what his role will be going forward but getting Hill back in time for the playoffs could be a big boost to the Dodgers’ staff.

More on Rich Hill was discussed on the latest episode of Dodgers Nation’s Blue Heaven Podcast, along with Bill Plunkett.

Written by Blake Williams

I graduated with an Associate's Degree in Journalism from Los Angeles Pierce College and now I'm working towards my Bachelor's at Cal State University, Northridge. I'm currently the managing editor for the Roundup News and a writer for Dodgers Nation. Around the age of 12, I fell in love with baseball and in high school, I realized my best path to working in baseball was as a writer, so that's the path I followed. I also like to bring an analytics viewpoint to my work and I'm always willing to help someone understand them since so many people have done the same for me. Thanks for reading!

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