Dodgers manager Dave Roberts provided some updates on injured left-handed pitchers Rich Hill and Scott Alexander on Saturday. First up, Hill.
Rich Hill has begun a throwing program and a return is early to-mid September, if all goes as planned.
— AlaNNa Rizzo (@alannarizzo) July 20, 2019
D. Mountain apparently rebounded well from his throwing session on Thursday in Philly where he made 25 throws from 45 feet. Hill is now about 5 weeks removed from sustaining a forearm flexor tendon strain in a game where he completed only one inning.
As it stands, he is currently on schedule and should be ready to return in a starter’s role by mid-September.
As for Scott Alexander, the news wasn’t as positive.
Scott Alexander, who had been throwing bullpens in Arizona, is at Dodger Stadium with his left arm in a brace.
— Ken Gurnick (@kengurnick) July 20, 2019
Dodgers beat writer Ken Gurnick hits us with the surprising news that Alexander arrived at Dodger Stadium with his left arm in a brace. The injured lefty originally hit the shelf mid June with a forearm issue.
Since then, he developed a thumb issue that has now officially been labeled as a “nerve issue” and has stalled his recovery. He had been attempting to ramp up the process in Arizona at the Dodgers spring training complex as recently as last week. The nerve issue is said to be affecting his ability to feel the baseball.
With Alexander out indefinitely, and LHP Tony Cingrani already out for the season, this appears to add more fuel to fire when it comes to Los Angeles’ need for left-handed relief help.