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.
Ken Rosenthal reports that the Milwaukee Brewers have agreed to a five-year $15.5 million deal with pitcher Freddy Peralta. There are two club options as well, which would nearly double the overall value of the contract if exercised.
Peralta, who turns 24 in June, has amazing stuff. He has struggled so far, having posted a 4.79 ERA in 163.1 major league innings across two seasons, but people who follow him closely believe that he’s primed for a breakthrough. For now he’s a reliever — he’ll likely be a multi-inning fireman for the 2020 season — but he has was mostly a starter in his rookie year before assuming swingman duties last season. He could become one again if things break right in his development. Sort of a Brandon Woodruff track.
If that happens the Brewers will, quite obviously, have a bargain on their hands. If not, at least Peralta has some security on his.