The Dodgers may be getting their starting pitching depth sooner than anticipated based on Dave Roberts’ comments the past few days. Just a day after news broke that Clayton Kershaw will be making a rehab start, we also found out Rich Hill may not be far behind.
Rich Hill said he will throw a bullpen session on Saturday in Denver.
— Ken Gurnick (@kengurnick) April 2, 2019
Hill has been recovering from an MCL strain in his left knee and has been held out of games since Spring Training ended. Prior to hitting the Injured List, Hill has been throwing well. He tossed a combined eleven innings and gave up four earned runs while striking out eleven. He did not allow a single walk all Spring.
The journeyman southpaw was on track to make an Opening Day start for the Dodgers after Kershaw went down with an injury, but he could not go. Hill will throw a bullpen session this weekend when the Dodgers visit Colorado, and a decision will be made from there. If all goes well, he should make a rehab start shortly after that before returning to the team.
He will also throw a flat ground session tomorrow, per Alanna Rizzo’s twitter.
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Hill’s and Kershaw’s return makes the rotation feel more full, but it also complicates Julio Urias’ situation. Urias was solid in his first outing of the season last night and has been lights out all Spring. But the return of these two guys means that he is certainly going back to the bullpen, perhaps after his next start. Urias has a soft innings cap on the year as the team monitors his progress from shoulder surgery nearly two years ago.
Hill is playing in his age-39 season in what will be his 14th year at the big league level. He has played for the Cubs, Orioles, Red Sox, Indians, Angels, Yankees, Athletics, and Dodgers in his career in the Major Leagues. Last season, he went a combined 11-5 pitching to a 3.66 earned run average and allowing a WHIP of 1.123.
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