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Dodgers News: Rich Hill Throws Bullpen, Moves Closer to Game Action

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

Dodgers’ left-hander Rich Hill was back on the mound, Saturday, April 6, as he inches closer to a return to the major league rotation.

Hill has been sidelined with an MCL strain he suffered on March 17 in a Cactus League game against the Milwaukee Brewers.

He threw a 20-pitch bullpen session and used his fastball and curveball at max effort, according to Alanna Rizzo.

After, he described it as “uneventful” and without pain, although he still felt something in his knee, according to Manager Dave Roberts.

“Felt it a little bit going down the slope but it didn’t limit him,” Roberts said. “There’s a difference between feeling it and pain. There was no pain.”

Hill’s next bullpen session will come on Monday in St. Louis. He is expected to throw 30 pitches, according to Bill Plunkett.

Look for him to follow with a minor league rehab start soon. If all goes well there, he could re-join the Dodgers’ rotation after that. Look for Julio Urias or Ross Stripling to be moved into the bullpen to make room for Hill.

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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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