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.
Red Sox left-hander Chris Sale made a hasty exit from his final Grapefruit League outing on Saturday after sustaining a left hip contusion. He was struck on the leg with a line drive from the Astros’ J.D. Davis in the first inning and immediately collapsed on the mound. He was able to walk off the field without a noticeable limp, however, and later told reporters that the ball struck a nerve and temporarily stunned his leg. As a precautionary move, the Red Sox pulled him after the incident and will have the left-hander undergo X-rays to rule out any further injury to his hip.
This was expected to be Sale’s last start of spring training. Prior to Saturday’s matinee against the Astros, the 28-year-old southpaw made three starts in camp, allowing five runs, one home run, three walks and striking out 18 batters in 14 innings. He’s still on track to start the season for the Red Sox during their road opener against the Rays next Thursday.