Dodgers southpaw Rich Hill is slated to miss at least four weeks after landing on the 10-day disabled list with a blister on his left middle finger. In a corresponding move, ambidextrous reliever Pat Venditte was recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City. The club has yet to announce a replacement for Hill in the rotation.
The 38-year-old lefty was cleared to make a start against the Nationals on Saturday, but felt something rupture on his hand during warm-ups and was pulled after tossing just two pitches in the first inning. Blisters are nothing new for Hill — he’s dealt with them on and off for the last two seasons, if not longer — but the Dodgers remain optimistic that he’ll be able to return given enough rest and recovery time.
Prior to his latest injury, Hill went 1-2 in six starts with an underwhelming 6.20 ERA, 4.7 BB/9 and 9.1 SO/9 through 24 2/3 innings. When healthy, he’ll try to get back to the solid 3.32 ERA and 2.6 fWAR he posted with the club in 2017, though there’s no way of knowing whether his recovery will be a permanent one.
On Monday evening, the Yankees and Nationals resumed a game from May 15 that was suspended due to inclement weather. The game was suspended after the top of the sixth inning with a 3-3 tie. That, and the next day’s game, were rescheduled for today, a month and three days later.
An interesting thing happened in that month and three days: Juan Soto made his major league debut. Soto, at the time of his promotion, was the minor league leader in home runs. He took his first major league at-bat on May 20, pinch-hitting in a game against the Dodgers. He struck out. He got his first start the next day against the Padres, going 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBI.
When Soto stepped to the plate on Monday evening in the bottom of the sixth inning, technically he is considered to have done so on May 15. As fate would have it, he absolutely obliterated a 97 MPH fastball from Chad Green for a two-run home run. So he homered in his major league debut after having already made his major league debut. Does Soto have a DeLorean? On May 15, Soto was batting third for Double-A Harrisburg. He went 3-for-4 (all singles) with an RBI.
Michael Kay, citing the Elias Sports Bureau on the YES broadcast, said that it still considers Soto’s debut as having occurred on May 20, but he will have an asterisk denoting May 15’s suspended game. His first major league hit and RBI are still considered to have come on his three-run homer against the Padres. So there’s that.