Left-hander Rich Hill made 25 throws from 45 feet on Thursday, which is seemingly his first step toward beginning an intensive throwing program.
Hill has been out a month with a left flexor tendon injury and is still expected to miss a great deal of time, possibly until September.
#Dodgers Rich Hill made 25 throws from 45 feet today, the first step in his throwing program. Had been 4 weeks since flexor tendon injury. Hill said it had been years since he went a month without throwing a baseball
— Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr) July 18, 2019
Over the course of Hill’s career we have become accustomed to him living on the IL, but when he is on the mound, he remains a dominant force.
This time, the injury is a bit more serious than the infamous blisters, so there has to be a strong effort made to get back in contention for a playoff roster spot in Hill’s case. The hope is Hill would be able to return in September which would fully allow him to get his feet wet again and would put him in prime position to assume his role as the Dodgers’ fourth starter in the playoffs.
Hill posted a 2.55 ERA before the injury in 53 innings of work.
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