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Dodgers lose Rich Hill to MCL strain

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Rich Hill hadn’t pitched since June before taking the mound in the Dodgers game in Baltimore last night. Then he lasted two-thirds of an inning before leaving the game and being diagnosed with a strained MCL.

Hill, who has appeared in only 11 games this year, suffered the same injury in spring training. It kept him out until the end of April. In light of that, you have to figure he’s likely going to be out for the rest of the year, postseason included.

The Dodgers have had a dandy season even without Hill in the rotation for most of it, but it sure would’ve been nice to have him come October. With Hill gone, Ross Stripling is likely to return to the fourth spot in the rotation the rest of the way, which will put him in the postseason rotation.

 

Cardinals sign Matt Wieters to one-year, $2 million deal

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Jon Heyman reports that the Cardinals and free agent catcher Matt Wieters have agreed on a one-year, $2 million deal. Wieters can earn an additional $1 million through incentives.

Wieters, 33, spent last season with the Cardinals as Yadier Molina‘s backup. In 67 games, the veteran hit .214/.268/.435 with 11 home runs and 27 RBI. While Wieters has left something to be desired offensively in recent years, he still plays solid defense behind the plate.

Wieters will once again serve as the backup to Molina. Catching prospect Andrew Knizner is expected to start the season at Triple-A Memphis.