Dodgers place Rich Hill on DL with cracked nail, starting rotation in flux

first_imgSAN DIEGO — For want of a nail, the Dodgers’ starting rotation is in flux.Left-hander Rich Hill was placed on the DL on Wednesday, retroactive to his start on Saturday when the nail on the middle finger of his pitching hand cracked. Left-handed reliever Adam Liberatore was promoted from Triple-A Oklahoma City to fill his spot on the roster.“We thought we’d just monitor it until Friday, but unfortunately it hasn’t dissipated as much as we wanted it to,” Hill said. “It’s more of a precautionary event than anything.”Hill said he could have pitched with the nail as is but “it just would inhibit the command of the fastball.” For a pitcher who missed extensive time with blister issues over the past two seasons, Hill recognized that it wasn’t wise to do anything that might “compound” the problem. Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Sign up for our Inside the Dodgers newsletter. Be the best Dodger fan you can be by getting daily intel on your favorite team. Subscribe here.Roberts said a “bullpen game” is an option during this stretch. In Triple-A, the OKC Dodgers’ rotation has been depleted by the loss of right-handers Zach Neal (traded to the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday) and Alec Asher (claimed on waivers by the Milwaukee Brewers).Right-hander Walker Buehler pitched Monday for OKC. He is 1-0 with a 2.08 ERA in his first three starts at Triple-A this year. He threw five innings once, four innings each in the other two starts and threw a season-high 80 pitches in the Monday game.Right-hander Brock Stewart started at OKC on Wednesday and went 5-2/3 innings. He is 1-0 with a 2.65 ERA in three starts.CLOSING TIMEWhile Kenley Jansen searches for his lost velocity and the movement on his cut fastball, the Dodgers closer said he will not let it get to his confidence.“Listen, people can criticize you. Everybody can criticize you,” he said. “That’s OK. They deserve to criticize me. But me – I need to be strong in my mind. I know who I am. I’ve done this for a long time. I’m just going to go out there and have that confidence when I go out there.”Roberts said he has not considered moving Jansen out of the closer role to allow him time to work out his problems in a less stressful role.“I think we’re a ways from that. I think he’s earned that,” Roberts said. “Sometimes with a guy like that with his track record, you’ve got to let him work things out.“That’s not even on my mind right now.”HIT PARADEWhen Chase Utley called for the ball in the second inning Tuesday night, it caused some confusion in the Dodgers’ dugout. Utley had just been hit by a pitch for the 200th time in his career and he wanted a souvenir that would last longer than the bruises those 200 pitches left.“That’s a lot of ouches,” shortstop Corey Seager said in the dugout when the significance of the moment was explained.Utley said he doesn’t know what he’s going to do with the souvenir baseball – not the first he has collected, but the first he collected after being hit by a pitch. He ranks eighth all-time in taking his lumps.Where has he been hit most frequently?Related Articles How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco center_img Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “I don’t really know,” he said. “Probably this area – the back of the shoulder-ish.”Where does it hurt the most to get hit?“That’s a good question,” he said, giving it some thought. “Bone – any bone. I got hit in the spine once. That really hurt.“I got hit here once (pointing to the inside of his left arm in the biceps-triceps area). It must have hit a nerve because my hand froze up like this (makes a claw with three fingers clutched together). I couldn’t open it up. It probably only lasted five seconds but it felt a lot longer.”The all-time record for being hit by pitches is held by Hughie Jennings, who was hit 287 times during a career that ran from 1891 to 1918. The 39-year-old Utley does not plan to challenge the record.“I don’t think I can stick around long enough to get 88 more,” he said. “Even if I put my mind to it.”UP NEXTDodgers (LHP Clayton Kershaw, 1-2, 1.73 ERA) vs. Nationals (RHP Max Scherzer, 3-1, 1.33), Friday 7:10 p.m., SportsNet LA (where available) “As frustrating as it is for me and not wanting to do this, you have to look at it from the long view,” Hill said.In the short term, the Dodgers will use the off day Thursday to mitigate the loss of Hill.They will just skip Hill’s scheduled start on Friday and move Clayton Kershaw up to start on normal rest in his place. That means a matchup of Kershaw and Nationals right-hander Max Scherzer on Friday night at Dodger Stadium.Left-handers Hyun-Jin Ryu will start Saturday and Alex Wood on Sunday. But Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Wednesday night that right-hander Kenta Maeda would not start again until Tuesday.That means the Dodgers will need to find a fifth starter for Monday’s game against the Miami Marlins. Whoever makes that start would then line up to pitch in the doubleheader in San Francisco the following Saturday with Hill eligible to return the day before.last_img

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