The fate of the Dodgers rotation may rely upon the calluses on Rich Hill’s middle finger. As time ticks away on Clayton Kershaw and as the front office scrambles for solutions, the health of Hill has become imperative.
On Wednesday afternoon, hours before a 12-2 loss to the Colorado Rockies, Hill fired 52 pitches inside a Coors Field bullpen. He concentrated on fastballs and curveballs, the pitches that force his finger to scrape the seam of the baseball, testing the blister that has sidelined him since July 17. Hill reported no unwanted symptoms, clearing the way for him to make his Dodgers debut as early as Saturday.
“No issues whatsoever,” Hill said. “That was really encouraging.”
The Dodgers welcome good news. A few hours after Hill tested his finger, Colorado obliterated a spot starter. The Rockies swatted four homers and hung nine runs on rookie Brock Stewart. Colorado has scored 19 runs in two games here, a troubling figure even in the thin air of Coors Field.
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