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Dodgers: Rich Hill Activated, Jaime Schultz Designated for Assignment

The return of Dick Mountain is tonight.

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The Dodgers have activated left-handed starting pitcher Rich Hill from the 60-day injured list and have designated right-handed reliever Jaime Schultz for assignment to make room on the 40-man roster for Hill.

Hill had been out since mid-June with a flexor strain in his pitching elbow.

Hill, 39, was pitching pretty well prior to the injury as he posted a 2.55 ERA in 53 innings of work. The club is most likely expecting Hill to make as many as four starts before October and could factor him as the fourth starter in the playoffs.

Hill has quite the history in the playoffs with the Dodgers where he has absolutely thrived.

Schultz, 28, was picked up from the Rays a few months back and he only saw five innings of work at the big-league level with Los Angeles. He surrendered four earned runs across the five innings.

This move sends a ripple effect throughout the entire roster and pitching staff considering that not that long ago, Hill was no lock to be healthy prior to October. This move likely puts a Kershaw-Buehler-Ryu-Hill-Stripling rotation into fruition with Tony Gonsolin and Dustin May potentially making spot starts along the way.

Hill is in the final season of a three-year deal that he signed with the Dodgers after the 2016 season.

Dodgers Press Release

LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Dodgers announced that they have activated left-handed pitcher Rich Hill from the 60-day injured list. In order to make room on the 40-man roster, the Dodgers designated right-hander pitcher Jaime Schultz for assignment.

Hill, 39, has been sidelined since June 20 with a left forearm strain and will make his first start tonight against the Baltimore Orioles at Orioles Park in Camden Yards. On the season, he 4-1 with a 2.55 ERA (15 ER/53.0 IP) and 61 strikeouts against just 12 walks this season in 10 starts. The southpaw is in his 15th Major League season and is a combined 65-42 with a 3.84 ERA (397 ER/931.2 IP) and 993 strikeouts.

Schultz, 28, was in his first season in the Dodgers organization after spending the last six seasons with the Tampa Bay. He was acquired from the Rays on January 8 in exchange for right-handed pitcher Caleb Sampen. He pitched in four game for the Dodgers this season, going 0-0 with a 7.20 ERA (4 ER/5.0 IP) and three strikeouts. In 47 games for Triple-A Oklahoma City, he went 2-3 with a 5.85 ERA (31 ER/47.2 IP) and 62 strikeouts. 

Written by Daniel Preciado

My name is Daniel Preciado and I am 18 years old. I am a sophomore Sport Analytics major and Cognitive Science and Economics dual minor at Syracuse University. When I am not in New York, I live in Whittier, California --- not too far from Chavez Ravine. I am pretty old-school for being an analytics guy and I will always embrace debate. Also, Chase Utley did absolutely nothing wrong.

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  1. Looking ahead past the postseason. Dodgers should wish Ryu and Hill all the best. Free up the $36M between them and give $30M to Garret Cole. Then we have Kershaw, Cole, Buehler, Urias and Maeda / Gonsolin as our 5 with May and Strip in reserve. They probably won’t do that but it would be great.

  2. The always injured Hill will be 40 before the next season starts so I seriously doubt there will be any thought given to bringing him back. As for Ryu, he’ll be 33 so I wouldn’t offer him anything more than a 2 year deal with maybe a team option for a 3rd. His lack of physical conditioning and stamina (never pitched 200 innings) are drawbacks.

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