Dodgers News: Roberts Estimates 4 Weeks Until Rich Hill’s Returns

Baseball’s peskiest blister has returned. It was two strikes you’re out for Rich Hill last night, who exited the game after only two pitches. Dave Roberts spoke with reporters ahead of the Dodgers series finale with the Nationals, offering a tentative timeline for Hill’s return.

“It’s going to be a few weeks certainly…four weeks is fair, I think, to get back on a major league mound,” Roberts said.

The Dodgers announced Hill’s placement on the 10-day disabled list Sunday morning. A blister on his left middle finger was the confirmed culprit.

This injury comes at a time when the Dodgers are already without two of their main starters. Clayton Kershaw is making his way back from bicep tendonitis and Hyun-jin Ryu will be out the majority of the season. Ryu tore his groin in a start earlier this season.


It’s hard to imagine anyone who is not frustrated with the ongoing blister saga, including Hill himself. This latest setback does come as the Dodgers’ offense finally shows some signs of life, but that’s a tenuous reassurance. Even if the bats get and stay hot, having your number 1 and 2 starters sidelined is discomforting.

Roberts told reporters “someone from Triple-A” will be called up to pitch either Tuesday or Wednesday.

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  1. Hill poses more liabilities than assets. Unreliable. Throws a wrench into an already unreliable starting pitching rotation. Can’t be counted upon when he’s needed. Cut your loses and release him ASAP. Roberts juggles the starting lineup way too much and this is another element of juggling.

    • See everyone wants to trade hill. But, they eat their words later. Hill is a great pitcher. He has a lot to offer. Hill stays right where he his In Los Angeles.

  2. Memo again to the “braintrust” – while doing your analytics, calculate how much Hill is being paid NOT to do his job since acquiring him in 2016 and then how much he is being paid (not earning) since his $48 million, 3 year contract.
    Also, I’d like to know the salaries of Farhan and Friedman.