The Dodgers had gotten through spring training with minimal injuries. With the exception of the wrist fracture to Justin Turner, and Tom Koehler’s right shoulder capsule strain, the rest of the club went into opening day with good health. Now the injuries are starting to hit again and I fully except for the entire roster to be on the disabled list within a couple of weeks. The Dodgers already had to place Logan Forsythe on the DL with shoulder inflammation, and now Rich Hill becomes the next Dodger to join the walking wounded.
The Dodgers have recalled Adam Liberatore from Triple-A Oklahoma City and placed Rich Hill (left third digit inflammation) on the 10-day DL (retroactive to April 15).
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) April 18, 2018
(*Update*) According to Eric Stephen, it’s a cracked fingernail, which he suffered during his last start.
The Dodgers announced this afternoon before their series finale in San Diego that Rich Hill was placed on the 10-day disabled list with what is listed as third digit inflammation. I think it might be a fancy way of saying, “he got blister”. However this would explain why he allowed seven earned runs to the Dbacks in his last outing which resulted in a 9-1 loss. Overall Hill has made 3 starts this season and is 1-1 with a 6.00 ERA across 15 innings pitched. He’s allowed 10 earned runs on 17 hits and struck out 16. He’s issued 7 free passes and posted a 9.6 K/9. His 4.3 BB/9 rate is troubling and probably points to the finger problem.
Of course saying that the entire roster will be on the disabled list soon is a bit of an overreaction on my part. But the injuries are certainly annoying. What’s even more annoying is that the Dodgers literally have zero depth. There is almost nobody that the Dodgers can call up to replace Hill. The only logical choices are top prospect Walker Buehler, or right handed journeyman Brock Stewart.
Fortunately the Dodgers have several off-days built into the schedule, including tomorrow. Unfortunately they have nobody to start on Friday. So I’m assuming they’ll just call up Stewart, or skip his turn in the rotation and move up Kershaw to Friday since he last pitched on Sunday. For now they’ve recalled left hander Adam Liberatore from Oklahoma City to take his roster spot.
Hill’s turn in the rotation would have come up on Friday evening against the Washington Nationals. Since Hyun-jin Ryu pitched on Monday, and Kenta Maeda is pitching tonight, those guys can’t pitch on Friday night against Washington. My money is on Brock Stewart to make the spot start. Hill’s injury is retroactive to April 15.