LOS ANGELES — Dodgers pitcher Rich Hill was placed on the 10-day disabled list on Friday with a blister on the middle finger of his left hand, and the Dodgers recalled relief pitcher Josh Fields from Triple-A Oklahoma City to take his place on the active roster.
Hill allowed one run in five innings on Wednesday to beat the Padres, but there was no mention of any blisters postgame. The left-hander was plagued by blisters in 2016, and was limited to just six regular season starts for the Dodgers over the final two months of the season.
The Dodgers will need a starter for Monday’s game against the Cubs at Wrigley Field, but that’s when having two major league starters in the bullpen comes in handy. So look for Alex Wood or Ross Stripling to start on Monday, but it may depend on the bullpen usage this weekend in Colorado.
#Dodgers PC Rick Honeycutt on Monday start: "The 1st thought is Alex Wood."— Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr) April 7, 2017
Roberts mentioned Stripling as another candidate to start Monday.— Ken Gurnick (@kengurnick) April 7, 2017
One thing is also clear — Julio Urias, set to start Monday for Oklahoma City, is not yet stretched out enough to start in the majors.
Julio Urias is not an option for Monday, Roberts said.— Andy McCullough (@McCulloughTimes) April 7, 2017
Hill’s DL move is retroactive to Thursday, so technically the first day he is eligible to return is Sunday, April 16, which means in a best case scenario he could conceivably miss one start. We’ll see.
Rehab for Baez
Dodgers relief pitcher Pedro Baez will begin a minor league rehab assignment on Friday night with Oklahoma City. He is expected to be activated off the DL at some point next week. His first day eligible to return is Monday.