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Rich Hill’s Knee Keeps Him Out of Opening Day

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LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 27: Rich Hill #44 of the Los Angeles Dodgers walks to the dugout after being relieved in the seventh inning against the Boston Red Sox in Game Four of the 2018 World Series at Dodger Stadium on October 27, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

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.

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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Written by Brook Smith

Brook is the Senior Editor of Dodgers Nation, with several years of experience in sports journalism. He is an avid Dodgers and Lakers fan, and can be spotted fairly often at Dodger Stadium and Staples Center.

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    • Smh, now will the Dodgers consider doing a trade for a pitcher or will they “sit on their rear-quarters” and start the 2019 season by trailing the rest of the NL West and relying that nobody takes advantage? I’ve already ready fellow Dodgers posters stating because the team faces the NL Central that they(Dodgers) will be off to a slow start!

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