After making his long-awaited return from the injured list on Thursday, Rich Hill lasted 2 outs and 6 batters before succumbing to a knee injury. The injury is officially listed as a “MCL strain” in his left knee.
Here’s the latest on the course of action on evaluation.
Rich Hill is here in New York, treating his sore knee, hopeful it will improve. He will have an MRI once the team returns to Los Angeles on Monday.
— Pedro Moura (@pedromoura) September 13, 2019
When the team returns to Los Angeles for the start of a series on Monday, Hill will undergo an MRI. We also learned that Tony Gonsolin will take his spot in the rotation on Wednesday; Ross Stripling starts on Tuesday.
Justin Turner is out for this series. Dave Roberts said he expects Turner in the lineup Tuesday.
— Ken Gurnick (@kengurnick) September 13, 2019
With the regular season already very much in the bag — possibly moreso with Dave Roberts’ stance on gunning for home field advantage — there isn’t much of a need to worry about who can take the ball on any given day for the Dodgers.
With healthy arms in Clayton Kershaw, Walker Buehler, and Hyun-Jin Ryu (albeit exhausted), and swing men stretched out to 40-80 pitches with Tony Gonsolin, Dustin May, Ross Stripling, Julio Urias, and even Kenta Maeda, September expanded rosters have LA sitting pretty.
However, the postseason starts in less than 3 weeks and now Doc is left with the decision of who will be the 4th starter in October. The hope was that Hill would make 4 or so starts and build up enough to be that guy, but now with his season on the line, the manager offers his thoughts.
Roberts wouldn’t rule Hill out for the postseason even if he misses some time. He said they could go with a combination of pitchers to take down innings in a Game 4.
— Jorge Castillo (@jorgecastillo) September 13, 2019
With 15 games to go, there is time for someone to step up — perhaps even Hill — but sooner may be better for an arm to have time to prep for expanded work in October.