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Dodgers: Rich Hill Takes Step Forward in Recovery from Knee Injury

The vet is hungry.

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)

When Rich Hill left his return start with a knee injury on Thursday night in Baltimore, initial fears were that he may be done for the season. However, Rich is notoriously a stubborn player and is already trying to expedite his recovery and get back on the mound.

He had been pitching with a knee brace for most of the early part of the season after suffering a similar injury in spring training in March. The plan for Hill is still to undergo an MRI exam once the team is back home in Los Angeles on Monday. Moreover, him testing various foot placements could show that he might not care very much about the results of the exam.

The 39 year-old returned from a 3 month absence on Thursday to record 2 outs while facing only 6 batters before exiting with the new knee injury. On the season, Hill is 4-1 with a 2.68 ERA in 11 starts (53.2 IP).

Written by Clint Pasillas

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  1. You mean he didn’t hurt himself while taking a forward step? Amazing. He’s such an iron man. I don’t want to see him on the playoff roster.

    • Don, Rich Hill is 30-16 with a 2.87 ERA over the past 4 years. He’s a veteran ball player with post season experience so Why wouldn’t you want him to make the post season roster. Your comment is bafoonish at best!

  2. Don
    I totally agree with you. I am going back and forth with my brother about the kind of pitcher or any positional player for that matter, you would want on your team in the World Series. With the whole world watching. Please describe this person to me, so I have some ammo against my brother.

  3. Why not just bring back some of the former Dodger pitchers, From years ago they couldn’t do any worse, what’s up with Hill and the Dodgers ? ! The front office also.The Dodgers won’t do anything in the playoffs unless our offense really ,really scores enough runs by a large margin to make up for our lack of pitching .We know who they are.

  4. I hope Hill gets well soon!!!! I also hope he does not pitch for us in the upcoming playoffs!!! He is injured much too often, and its not fair to the other members of the BP staff who now have to come in and relieve for him. I admire Hill’s pride in wanting to pitch, but he is not helping the team!!!!! Go Blue!!!

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