Rich Hill who, as always, has been suffering from a severe blister problem on his pitching hand, was supposed to throw four innings in a rehab start for High-A Rancho Cucamonga. It didn’t go four innings.
Hill threw only 29 pitches, allowing four runs on three hits and one walk in two-thirds of an inning. Hill says he didn’t suffer a physical setback as far as the blister went, and the fact that he threw 30 more pitches in the bullpen after his departure supports that. But something was off for sure.
The Dodgers are 15-14 and, after a bit of a bumpy start seem to be in pretty decent shape. But you can bet they’d rather have a healthy Hill back in their rotation over Alex Wood as soon as possible. But right now, it doesn’t look like it’ll be soon.
The Reds announced earlier that they plan to extend the protective netting at Great American Ball Park in time for Opening Day next season. You can add the Padres and Mariners to what will surely be a growing list.
A young fan was struck in the face by a foul ball at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday, which gave new life to the netting debate. Some fans and media types think Major League Baseball is not doing enough to protect fans. While Major League Baseball has issued guidelines for protective netting, it is ultimately up to the teams to decide just how much netting to use.
Orioles closer Zach Britton is likely done for the remainder of the 2017 season after receiving a stem cell injection in his left knee, Peter Schmuck and Jon Meoli of the Baltimore Sun report. Britton has been battling knee problems for most of the season.
The Orioles are still technically in the AL Wild Card race, entering play Thursday 5.5 games behind the Twins for the second Wild Card slot. With only nine games remaining, however, the 73-80 Orioles are likely being realistic about their chances and not taking any unnecessary risks with Britton.
Britton, 29, put up a 2.89 ERA with 15 saves and a 29/18 K/BB ratio in 37 1/3 innings this season. He will be eligible for arbitration for the fourth and final time this offseason.