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Dodgers: Rich Hill Close To Returning From Injury

Rich Hill is making steady progress, as he inches closer to a return.

BALTIMORE, MD - SEPTEMBER 12: Rich Hill #44 of the Los Angeles Dodgers reacts after throwing a pitch during the first inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on September 12, 2019 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Will Newton/Getty Images)

Rich Hill is making steady progress as he inches closer to a return. Hill suffered an MCL sprain against the Baltimore Orioles on September 12th. After positive MRI results, next he will face live hitters on Friday and expects to pitch against the Padres in San Diego on Tuesday.

Rich Hill has been injured for most of this season. He suffered a flexor tendon strain in June and that injury kept him out for close to 3 months. On the season, he’s made only 11 starts and has a 4-1 record with a 2.68 ERA in 53.2 innings pitched.

With his return start from the injured list, he lasted only 2 outs and 27 pitches. The positive from Hill’s outing in Baltimore is that he had 2 strikeouts and gave up no hits. The hope was that he would make 4 September starts and be in line to be the Dodgers game 4 starter in the playoffs.

Now the key is for Hill just to be ready come postseason time. Dave Roberts is ready to get “unconventional” with his playoff starters.

This may be a sign that Doc will run with an opener, even if Hill is healthy and ready to go. The important fact remains that in any capacity or role, Rich Hill makes the LA pitching staff better in October.

Written by Levon Satamian

My name is Levon Satamian. I am currently attending Cal State Northridge, and majoring in Broadcast Journalism.

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  1. Hill is a force when he is on.If he can only go 2 or 3 innings, that still could work for us. Start him – go 2 – then bring in Walker??? Or May?? Flipping left to right and then increasing the velocity significantly could be a winning situation for us.

    • That’s the problem. Roberts irresponsibly fools around by using too many guys in positions & situations they are not used to or good at.
      Starting & bullpenning are two different deals, different requirements, different preparation, etc.
      And then Roberts moves his position player around like chess pieces and it doesn’t work. Not to mention the absurd batting orders he comes up with.
      There’s zero consistency.

      The Dodgers should be sprinting to October, not stumbling to October.
      The 2nd half has been a disaster and the Dodgers will not make it out of the 1st round.
      Incompetent Dave Roberts must go.

  2. When Hill is no his game, he is very good!!! Of late, he has spent the majority of the season on the injured reserve. I would prefer him in the role of BP pitcher. Lets be fair to the pitchers who got us to where we are. I have more confidence in Gonso and May than I do in Hill at this moment!!! Go Blue!!!

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