LOS ANGELES — After being placed on the 60-day Injured List, it looks like it could still be some time before we see Rich Hill on the mound again. The 39-year-old was placed on the IL on June 20 with a left forearm strain.
“It’s hard to imagine anything before September 1,” Dave Roberts said when Hill is expected to return. “He feels good, hasn’t picked up a baseball. When it gets to the four week point he’s going to pick up a baseball and play catch.”
After being placed on the IL, it was announced Hill wouldn’t even be able to pick up a baseball for a month. We’re about at the halfway point, so Hill should begin throwing around the middle of July, though there’s no timetable as to when that can be quite yet.
Justin Turner update
For the second consecutive game, Justin Turner isn’t in the starting lineup. He was hit by a pitch in Colorado over the weekend, and it appears to just be a precaution as opposed to a possible IL stint. Though he’s not in the lineup tonight, he’s available off the bench if needed, and should be back in the lineup tomorrow. “He’s available for whatever we need,” Roberts said. “To get him a start tomorrow makes the most sense.”
Corey Seager update
Corey Seager has missed the last few weeks with a hamstring injury, but it looks as if the Dodgers will only play a few more games without their starting shortstop.
“He looks really good,” Roberts said. “Running, his body looks great. We’re going to sit down and talk about what’s the best plan to keep him healthy the rest of the way. Whether it’s activation before the break, which is unlikely but possible, or after the break.”
David Freese update
David Freese has been on the IL nursing a hamstring injury. He has been inactive since June 23, but looks as if he’ll be activated this weekend. Roberts said that he’ll be back either Friday or Saturday, and won’t require going on a rehab assignment.