Aaron Hill was expected to miss 4-6 weeks when he was placed on the disabled list with a broken left hand on April 15, but a month later his recovery hasn’t progressed much at all.
Hill has yet to resume baseball activities and manager Kirk Gibson described the results of a recent CT scan as “inconclusive … probably not as good as news as we’d hope.”
Hill actually spent an entire week on the active roster after breaking his hand because the Diamondbacks thought it was a minor injury and let the second baseman play through it. And now it looks like he’s going to miss at least two months.
ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reports that talks between Major League Baseball and the MLB Players’ Association concerning pace of play changes have stalled, which makes it more likely that commissioner Rob Manfred unilaterally implements the changes he seeks. Those changes include a pitch clock and a restriction on catcher mound visits.
Manfred said, “My preferred path is a negotiated agreement with the players. But if we can’t get an agreement, we are going to have rule changes in 2018, one way or the other.”
The players have made several suggestions aimed at reducing the length of games, such as amending replay review rules, strictly monitoring down time between innings, and bringing back bullpen carts.
It is believed that MLB is proposing a pitch clock of 20 seconds. If a pitcher takes too long between pitches, he will have a ball added to the count. If the hitter takes too long, then he will have a strike added to the count.