Dodgers News: Rich Hill and Russell Martin Closing in on Return to Active Roster

Dodgers’ starting pitcher Rich Hill and catcher Russell Martin are closing in on a return to the team, according to multiple reports.

Hill is expected to pitch around six innings or 90 pitches at extended spring training on Monday before re-joining the rotation next weekend, according to Bill Plunkett of the OC Register.

The plan is for Hill to make his season debut at home on Sunday against the Pittsburgh Pirates, according to Ken Gurnick.

Hill has not made a start this season due to the MCL strain he suffered on March 17.

Ross Stripling will move to the bullpen when Hill is activated off the injured list.

Russell Martin

Plunkett also said Martin will go through simulated situations on Friday instead of going on a rehab assignment. He could also be activated over the weekend if it goes well.

Martin originally landed on the injured list on April 10 with lower back inflammation. He is hitting .333/.500/.600 in 22 at-bats this season.

Expect Rocky Gale to be optioned to AAA Oklahoma City to make room for Martin.


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  1. There is a certain breathlessness to this post that makes us seem like we are not talking about a 39 year old pitcher and a 36 year old catcher! The calvary is returning, but with their AARP cards.

  2. As usual, the Dodgers traded a good player – Martin – too early and they bring him back too late.

    As usual, Freidman signs and overpays the wrong pitcher – Hill – and the wrong player – Polluck instead of Goldschmidt – Bellinger can play any outfield position and I wish we had Goldy at first base.

  3. Friedman should have gone with his buddy to Frisco and sign someone who isn’t anal about the bottom line. And guess what reliever is still out there available?