Dodgers scratch Rich Hill before second game of doubleheader

ByDoug Padilla ESPN logo
Thursday, September 1, 2016

DENVER -- Starting pitcher Rich Hill was a scratch for the Los Angeles Dodgers yet again, this time for the second game of Wednesday's split doubleheader at Colorado.

Bud Norris instead was starting for the Dodgers on regular rest, while the Rockies countered with right-hander Jeff Hoffman.

Since being acquired from the Oakland Athletics on Aug. 1, Hill has made just one start for the Dodgers, a scoreless six-inning outing last Wednesday against the San Francisco Giants when he gave up five hits, all singles.

Prior to that, he had been on the disabled list after a blister issue tore off the skin at the tip of his left middle finger. The Dodgers acquired him when he was on the DL, and there were multiple aborted starts before he finally took the mound at Dodger Stadium.

Hill warmed up for Tuesday's game at Colorado that was delayed right before first pitch. After 2 hours of rain, the contest was finally postponed. The Dodgers were hesitant about Hill throwing another 40 warm-up pitches Wednesday and then throwing more in a game.

"I think he was completely understanding of the situation so the decision was made in his best interest as well as ours," manager Dave Roberts said. "As disappointed as he was, he understands."

Roberts said the blister did not necessarily flare up again and that the Dodgers are playing it safe.

"Looking at it throughout the day, there was a little heat, a little tenderness," Roberts said. "Every player gets through [physical issues], but I don't think that a blister can be willed to stay healthy, no matter how much will he has. It's just more to try and err on the side of caution."

Roberts said Hill could take the mound again Saturday or Sunday in a home series against the San Diego Padres.

"Any extra day is a benefit for Rich, but this weekend is certainly in play," Roberts said.