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.
Freddie Freeman‘s elbow began barking in the second half of the season and he was a shadow of himself in the month of September. The Braves rested him for half a minute in the season’s final week but he still played 158 games in 2019. They said he was good to go for the NLDS but he was clearly limited, going 4-for-22 in the Braves’ series loss to the Cardinals.
Today the Braves announced that Freeman underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow on Wednesday. The team said today that the procedure involved the removal of three fragmented loose bodies and the cleaning up of multiple bone spur formations.
It’s not clear if more rest down the stretch would’ve made a difference for him — and it’s not clear that the Braves had options at first base for the postseason that were substantially better than even a limited Freeman — but it’s clear that not having Freeman feeling like himself in the heart of the order was a problem.
Freeman is expected to be good-to-go for spring training.