Dodger’s veteran left hander and curveball master Rich Hill’s 2019 season was cut short due to elbow and knee problems. The southpaw tossed just 58.2 innings this season and his attempt to come back to pitch the postseason was a disaster.
Hill actually suffered a UCL tear that kept him off the field for most of the season. The Dodgers and Hill opted against the dreaded Tommy John surgery, but rest and rehab didn’t rejuvenate his ailing elbow. Hill was mostly useless in October. He made a valiant effort to return in the fall but his arm and body just couldn’t make it happen. reports are surfacing that Hill underwent the Tommy John alternative also known as primary revision surgery. He won’t be ready until June at the earliest.
It remains to be seen if this will end Hill’s career or not. The 39-year old is a free agent and it’s unlikely the Dodger’s front office will bring him back due to his age and injury history. It’s a shame because Hill has been one of Andrew Friedman’s few good pitching acquisitions. Hill has been mostly excellent when healthy enough to take the Hill. In 2019 he posted a 2.45 ERA while punching out 72 batters and walking only 18.
If anyone can make a comeback it’s Hill. The bishop is a tenacious athlete and a fierce competitor. If this is the end of his tenure with the Dodgers I’ll never forget his 6.1 innings of shutout ball in game 4 of the 2018 World Series against the Red Sox. LADR wishes Hill a speedy recovery and a successful comeback whether that’s with the Dodgers or another team. Oh and Oscar still has timeshare of the famous Dick Mountain jersey.
I wore that jersey. It made me feel like a million bucks.