Dodgers News: Rich Hill Placed on IL, Matt Beaty Optioned to Triple-A
Dodgers’ starting pitcher Rich Hill was placed on the 10-day injured list with a forearm strain after being removed from last night’s game with forearm discomfort. In addition, infielder Matt Beaty was optioned to triple-A Oklahoma City while right-handed relievers J.T. Chargois and Josh Sborz were recalled.
The Dodgers today recalled right-handed pitchers JT Chargois and Josh Sborz from Triple-A Oklahoma City. To make room on the 25-man roster, the Dodgers placed LHP Rich Hill on the 10-day injured list with left forearm strain and optioned IF Matt Beaty to OKC.
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) June 20, 2019
After exiting the game, Hill underwent an ultrasound that showed no structural damage and said he believed it was just a sprain.
Per Dave Vassegh, the MRI results showed a flexor strain.
Rich Hill said MRI results showed flexor strain. #Dodgers
— David Vassegh (@THEREAL_DV) June 20, 2019
The expectation is that he will be shut down for 3-4 weeks before throwing again.
Rich Hill said he expects to pitch again this year, but also expects to need up to a month to resume throwing. He offered no clear timetable beyond that. Received a PRP injection to accelerate healing.
— Ken Gurnick (@kengurnick) June 20, 2019
In 53 innings this season, Hill has pitched to a 2.55 ERA with 61 strikeouts. Ross Stripling will likely take over in the rotation.
Beaty was hitting .286/.310/.393 with an 88 wRC+ and one home run in 58 plate appearances. Optioning him for an extra reliever made sense after Hill only made it through one inning last night and since Joc Pederson has been practicing at first base.
Chargois has had some success in triple-A this season, posting a 2.17 ERA with 34 strikeouts and 14 walks in 29 innings. He did spend some time on the roster last season as he appeared in 39 games and pitched to a 3.34 ERA in 32 1/3 innings with an 11.13 K/9 and 4.18 BB/9.
He should work in a middle relief role and as a right-handed specialist.
Sborz has an inflated ERA in the minors mainly due to one bad game on April 25 where he allowed 6 runs and only retired one batter. He has also faced some bad luck, allowing a .424 BABIP (.300 is normal) and 54.2% left on base percentage (75% is normal).
Overall, he has been effective and could become a quality reliever for the Dodgers, potentially even a high leverage guy. In 29 1/3 innings at triple-A, he pitched to a 4.91 ERA but also had a 2.12 FIP with an 11.35 K/9, 1.53 BB/9, and 0.31 HR/9.
He was recalled earlier in the season but never entered a game.
I sure hope Dodgers don’t keep 14 relievers thus having only 3 bench players because that will eventually hurt this team in the later innings as options for pinch hitting will be too limited and it takes away any maneuverability Roberts may have in a tight game.