Rich Hill had to leave Wednesday’s start against the Giants after one inning. An MRI on Thursday revealed that he has a strained flexor tendon near his left elbow.
The injury will prevent Hill from throwing for nearly a month and will keep him on the injured list at least into August. It could be worse: guys with strained flexor tendons often team their UCLs either simultaneously or soon after. The Dodgers think that Hill has avoided that fate and Hill says he hopes to pitch again this season. Time will tell, obviously.
Julio Urias and Ross Stripling will likely split time in Hill’s absence.
Per The Athletic’s Lindsey Adler, Yankees manager Aaron Boone said outfielder Giancarlo Stanton may be activated from the injured list on Wednesday. Stanton will “certainly” be activated on Thursday.
Stanton, 29, has appeared in all of nine games this season due to knee and calf injuries. The calf injury struck first during the opening week of the season. He wouldn’t return until June 18, then played in a whopping six games before a strained PCL in his right knee sent him back on the IL. But if there was ever a time for Stanton to make his triumphant return, it’s right before what the Yankees hope is a deep postseason run.
In the nine games Stanton has appeared in this season, spanning 38 trips to the plate, he has hit .290/.421/.419 with a double, a homer, seven RBI, and four runs scored.