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Rich Hill still dealing with blisters, not yet ready to return

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Ross Stripling to start Friday for Dodgers

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One of these left-handers starts Wednesday for the Dodgers. The other two....
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The Dodgers finish off their series against the Phillies on Wednesday afternoon, but looking ahead to their weekend series against the Pirates the probable starting pitchers are very much up in the air, with Rich Hill still not ready to return to the mound.

Ross Stripling will start on Friday, manager Dave Roberts told reporters on Wednesday, with Hill still dealing with blister issues on his left hand. Hill threw off flat ground on Tuesday but did not throw a bullpen session.

Stripling started last Saturday, and Brandon McCarthy on Sunday.

McCarthy still has a bullpen session on Thursday to determine his status. He threw a bullpen session on Tuesday as well, and after 10 walks in his last two starts had a dry sense of humor about it.

Julio Urias started Monday for the Dodgers, and Brett Anderson pitched five innings in a rehab start for Triple-A Oklahoma City on Monday. Both are options for this weekend.

Hill, acquired by the Dodgers from the A’s on Aug. 1, last pitched for Oakland on July 17, but he left that start after just five pitches, dealing with the blister issues that continue to plague him today.

His last real start was on July 7, when he struck out 10 in six innings, allowing a run in a win over the Astros in Houston.

Hill is 9-3 with a 2.25 ERA, with 90 strikeouts in 76 innings this season.