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Dodgers' Hill suffers knee injury in return

Reuters | Washington DC | Updated: 13-09-2019 22:17 IST | Created: 13-09-2019 22:15 IST
Dodgers' Hill suffers knee injury in return
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Los Angeles Dodgers left-hander Rich Hill returned from a nearly three-month absence Thursday night and suffered a knee injury. Hill was scheduled for more tests to determine the extent of his latest injury.

Hill started in Baltimore after having not pitched since June due to a left forearm injury. The plan was for him to pitch two innings against the Orioles, but he lasted just two-thirds of an inning, striking out the first two batters on eight pitches. Overall, Hill faced six batters, walking two and hitting two in the Dodgers' 4-2 win. He threw 27 pitches and his velocity lowered after hurting his knee when fanning the second batter, Jonathan Villar.

The 39-year-old said he felt his knee buckle on a curveball to Villar. The initial diagnosis was a strained MCL. A similar knee injury sidelined the southpaw in spring training. "I would say, right off the bat, maybe slightly less (pain) than what they were in spring training so hopefully that's a good sign," Hill said, according to the Los Angeles Times. "Just have to wait and see how it feels the next couple of days."

The Dodgers, who've already have clinched a seventh straight NL West title, play a weekend series at the New York Mets. Hill was expected to undergo more tests in New York.

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. After the Dodgers arrive in New York early Friday morning

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