Rich Hill hasn’t been able to stay healthy throughout his career, and just one start into his 2017 campaign, his history became his present.
Hill was placed on the 10-day disabled list Friday with a blister on his left middle finger, the team announced. Alex Wood is his probable replacement, per Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times. Dave Roberts said Julio Urias is not an option.
Rick Honeycutt suggested Alex Wood could start in Rich Hill's place on Monday.
— Andy McCullough (@McCulloughTimes) April 7, 2017
Roberts told McCullough the blister is “not a big issue.” Hill will be eligible to return next Sunday, meaning he may miss only one start.
The new 10-day DL is for purposes such as these. If Roberts is sincere in his minimal concern, this was an easy way to open up space for the temporary promotion of Josh Fields.
Hill has a past with blisters, including with the Dodgers. He was on the DL when acquired last trae deadline for the same reason. The lefty was re-signed this offseason after a stellar 2016, but L.A. knew it was optimistic to expect consistent health.
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Hill was steady in his season debut. This may prove to be just a wise use of the 10-day disabled list, but the Dodgers will need to proceed with some level of caution due to Hill’s list of lingering issues.
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