LOS ANGELES — One day after getting activated from the disabled list, Rich Hill is back on the 10-day DL with a recurrence of a blister on his left hand. The Dodgers have recalled Rob Segedin from Triple-A Oklahoma City.
“It’s just too much pressure on the bullpen, not knowing what you’re going to get,” manager Dave Roberts said. “We decided to take it off Rich’s plate.”
Hill pitched three innings on Sunday but exited his start early after re-aggravating the blister on his left middle finger.
“Everything appeared to be healed, it felt healed. I threw the bullpen, everything was fine, played catch, everything was fine,” Hill said Sunday. “Yesterday, the day before that, there were no issues, I really don’t have answers, I wish I did. I don’t.”
Rick Honeycutt said Rich Hill's blister is in an unusual place compared to most pitchers.— Ken Gurnick (@kengurnick) April 17, 2017
Honeycutt said the blister impacts Hill's fastball as well as curveball.— Ken Gurnick (@kengurnick) April 17, 2017
In 2016, Hill missed seven weeks dealing with blister problems, including his first three weeks after getting acquired by the Dodgers. Then, after his first start as a Dodger he was scratched from his next scheduled outing with more blister problems.
There is no timetable for Hill’s return, and Roberts said he would need to pitch a minor league rehab game before being activated. The Dodgers and Hill are, for lack of a better term, perplexed.
“With most injuries, you can figure out the reason behind it,” Roberts said. “Here, it’s a little bit of moisture, a little bit of friction, and obviously he’s a heavy breaking ball pitcher.”
The Dodgers are considering several options, Roberts said, but are leaning against completely shutting Hill down, at least right now.
“The longer you shut him down from throwing entirely, the more you have to make up on the back end, as far as getting his arm back in shape, Roberts said. “Put it this way — He was shut down all winter, and we didn’t see this blister until his first start [of the regular season]. You could argue rest wasn’t the answer. He had as much rest as you could get.
“We want to give him every opportunity to reset it and heal it.”
Segedin hit .324/.342/.541 with two home runs and two doubles in nine games with Oklahoma City, including 6-for-14 (.429) in his last three games. Segedin did not play in OKC’s loss in Memphis earlier on Monday.
“He’s major league ready, and the versatility he brings. He can play first and third, and the outfield,” Roberts said. “We like the bat.”