It looks like the Dodgers will not be getting the Rich Hill Opening Day start we were all hoping to see. Roberts announced the reporters that Rich was feeling some soreness in his knee, and will therefore not start next Thursday against Arizona.
Rich Hill has a sore left knee and can’t start Opening Day.
— Ken Gurnick (@kengurnick) March 22, 2019
It is a bit of a disappointment, especially for a lot of fans. Many had hoped to see the old man out there kicking off what we all hope will be a Championship year. But the alternative is not too bad either. Yesterday, it was reported that the Opening Day search was narrowed down to Rich Hill and Hyun-jin Ryu.
It now appears that Ryu is the most likely to be selected for the start. And considering the Spring camp he has put together, Dodgers fans should feel good about that. Ryu has started five games so far and allowed five earned runs across 15 innings of work. He has also struck out 12 batters and did not issue a single walk.
Looking back at the past few weeks, the Opening Day starter has changed at least three times. Originally, Clayton Kershaw was getting the ball for yet another selection for the first game of the season. When shoulder soreness slowed him down, Walker Buehler was listed as the next most likely candidate. When Buehler had to slow play his Spring ramp-up as well, Rich Hill was picked at the favorite.
Let’s hope this selection of Hyun-jin Ryu sticks.
UPDATE: Dave Roberts revealed that Rich Hill has a left ACL strain and will begin the season on the injured list. Hyun-jin Ryu was officially named as the Opening Day Starter for the Dodgers.
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