Baseball’s peskiest blister has returned. It was two strikes you’re out for Rich Hill last night, who exited the game after only two pitches. Dave Roberts spoke with reporters ahead of the Dodgers series finale with the Nationals, offering a tentative timeline for Hill’s return.
“It’s going to be a few weeks certainly…four weeks is fair, I think, to get back on a major league mound,” Roberts said.
Baseball: Max Scherzer threw 121 pitches. Rich Hill threw 2. The Dodgers won.
They're 6 out in the NL West.
— Bill Shaikin (@BillShaikin) May 20, 2018
The Dodgers announced Hill’s placement on the 10-day disabled list Sunday morning. A blister on his left middle finger was the confirmed culprit.
This injury comes at a time when the Dodgers are already without two of their main starters. Clayton Kershaw is making his way back from bicep tendonitis and Hyun-jin Ryu will be out the majority of the season. Ryu tore his groin in a start earlier this season.
It’s hard to imagine anyone who is not frustrated with the ongoing blister saga, including Hill himself. This latest setback does come as the Dodgers’ offense finally shows some signs of life, but that’s a tenuous reassurance. Even if the bats get and stay hot, having your number 1 and 2 starters sidelined is discomforting.
Roberts told reporters “someone from Triple-A” will be called up to pitch either Tuesday or Wednesday.
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