LOS ANGELES -- Several Dodgers are beginning rehab assignments over the next few days with hopes of joining the team on the upcoming road trip. The starting rotation will be getting the biggest changes depending -- as always -- on how the pitchers feel after pitching in the minors.
Rich Hill has been out for enough time between Oakland and Los Angeles that the team is sending him on a rehab assignment to Triple-A Oklahoma City on Monday night. The left-hander has been dealing with blisters on his left middle finger and hasn't recorded an out in a major league game since July 7.
"Where we're at right now, we not only need him pitching for us. We need him to be good," said manager Dave Roberts. The Dodgers felt Hill needed to see live hitters and get back on the mound to test the blister before joining the big club.
Bud Norris will begin a rehab assignment with Class-A Rancho Cucamonga Saturday night and will be limited to around 75 pitches. Provided that Hill, Brandon McCarthy and Brett Anderson stay healthy and in the rotation, Norris could be headed for the bullpen after his start this week.
Adam Liberatore will also be in Rancho on rehab Sunday and Tuesday, aiming to return next weekend in Cincinnati.
Justin Turner was a late scratch from the starting lineup on Saturday with a right hand contusion. Rob Segedin will start in his place at third base.