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Rich Hill | Starting Pitcher | #18

Team: Oakland Athletics
Age / DOB:  (36) / 3/11/1980
Ht / Wt:  6'5" / 220
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
College: Michigan
Drafted: 2002 / Rd. 4 (0) / CHC
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Rich Hill (blister) will not start for the Athletics on Sunday against the Indians.
Hill threw a bullpen session Friday without a covering on his blistered left middle finger. While the blister is doing better, he's still not ready to take the ball. That means he will not make another start before the trade deadline and will have gone over two weeks in between starts. It obviously is going to affect his trade market, although he still seems likely to be dealt. Sonny Gray will start on regular rest Sunday. Jul 29 - 3:59 PM

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Rich Hill (finger) said that he will not be wearing a covering on his blistered left middle finger during Friday's bullpen session.

Friday will mark the first time Hill has attempted to throw the ball off a mound without a covering on his blister. He said that the skin on the impacted area still feels thin, but hopes for it to thicken the more he pitches. He could start against the Indians on Sunday, though that will largely depend on how he feels after his bullpen.
Jul 27 - 5:22 PM

Rich Hill (finger) is tentatively scheduled to return to the A's rotation Sunday in Cleveland.

Hill first has to make it through a bullpen session Friday. He hasn't appeared in a game since July 17 because of a blister on his left middle finger, but his recent throwing sessions with a protective cover have gone well. The veteran southpaw is one of Oakland's top trade chips leading up to the August 1 deadline, boasting a 2.25 ERA, 1.09 WHIP, and 90/28 K/BB ratio in 76 innings this season.
Jul 27 - 12:29 AM

Rich Hill (finger) is scheduled to throw his next bullpen session on Wednesday.

Hill has been throwing with a protective cover on his finger and it's unclear whether he has made enough progress to shed it. The southpaw hasn't pitched since July 17, but the A's remain hopeful he'll be able to make a start before the end of the team's current road trip. It's worth noting that the road trip runs right through the August 1 non-waiver trade deadline.
Jul 25 - 11:51 PM

Rich Hill described the blister on his left middle finger as "a little hot spot," but said that it's healing.

Hill, who left a start on July 17 after just five pitches, threw a bullpen session Sunday while wearing a protective cover on his finger. It's unclear when he'll be ready to return to action, but some clarity would be nice as August 1 approaches. The southpaw is one of the top starting pitchers on the trade market.
Jul 25 - 5:16 PM

Rich Hill (blister) is scheduled to throw a bullpen session Sunday.

He'll wear a cover on his finger where a blister has developed and is refusing to go away -- that cover, by the way, can't be worn in a live game. The veteran left-hander lasted just five pitches in his first start out of the All-Star break, back on July 17. Hill is one of Oakland's better trade chips leading up to the August 1 deadline, but he obviously needs to get past this. There is no timetable for his return to the Athletics' rotation.
Jul 23 - 6:23 PM

Rich Hill (blister) played catch again on Friday without any issues.

There is still no timetable to get the veteran left-hander back on the mound, as they are playing things very cautiously not to make the injury worse. It seems likely that he'll be ready to pitch at some point next week, which could be his only showcase for team's interested in acquiring Hill before the trade deadline.
Jul 22 - 7:34 PM

Rich Hill (blister) played catch Thursday for the second straight day.

However, he did so with a covering on the finger where he has a blister. Hill will not be ready to start on Sunday, as the A's will give the ball to Jesse Hahn. The left-hander should be ready at some point next week, which would likely be his last chance to start prior to the trade deadline.
Jul 22 - 10:22 AM

Rich Hill (blister) is doubtful to be ready Sunday.

That's the next time Oakland needs a starting pitcher, but Hill's blister is not quite healed. This obviously comes with bad timing for the A's, who will be trying to trade the veteran southpaw ahead of the August 1 deadline. He boasts a 2.25 ERA, 1.09 WHIP, and 90/28 K/BB ratio in 76 innings this season but has made just three starts since the end of May.
Jul 20 - 3:13 PM

A's manager Bob Melvin said Tuesday that it's too early to tell whether Rich Hill (blister) is going to be able to take his next turn in the rotation.

Hill left his last start Sunday versus the Blue Jays after aggravating a blister on his throwing hand. It's something that has been bothering him since before the All-Star break. Melvin said the A's are trying to avoid placing Hill on the disabled list -- he is one of their top trade chips -- but couldn't offer up any guarantees.
Jul 19 - 7:29 PM

Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports said the Tigers have been "calling around on starting pitching."

Passan considers them a dark horse to land Rich Hill, who has also drawn interest from the Blue Jays, Dodgers, Marlins, Orioles, Rangers and Red Sox. Hill's trade market should expand once teams feel confident about his health. He had his last start moved back because of a blister and then lasted just five pitches Sunday against Toronto. Aside from his blister issues and a groin injury that sidelined him for all of June, Hill has had a renaissance year for the A's, contributing a stellar 2.25 ERA over 14 appearances.
Source: Yahoo Sports
Jul 18 - 1:28 PM

Rich Hill was forced to leave Sunday's start against the Blue Jays due to a recurrence of the blister on his pitching hand.

Hill was scratched from Friday's start due to the issue and apparently he was too eager to get back. Hill threw just five pitches before departing. Consider him day-to-day, but his next start looks to be in jeopardy.
Jul 17 - 4:39 PM

Rich Hill (blister) is in line to start Sunday against the Blue Jays.

Hill was originally scheduled to start the opener of the second half on Friday, but he came down with a blister and the A's didn't want to take any chances. The southpaw was able to make it through a bullpen session Friday without incident, so he should be good to go moving forward.
Jul 15 - 6:10 PM

Rich Hill has been scratched from his scheduled start Friday against the Blue Jays due to a blister.

Daniel Mengden will move up and take that start, with Sonny Gray remaining on scheduled for Saturday. Sunday is to-be-determined. The blister must have opened up over the All-Star break for Hill, who struck out 10 batters in his final start of the first half and boasts a 2.25 ERA, 1.09 WHIP, and 90/28 K/BB ratio in 76 total innings (13 starts) this season. He is one of Oakland's best trade chips leading into the August 1 non-waiver deadline.
Jul 14 - 1:40 PM

According to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald, the Marlins are pursuing starters like Rich Hill of the A's, Jake Odorizzi of the Rays, and Drew Pomeranz of the Padres.

That's pretty much the top of the heap of this year's trade market for starting pitchers, and the Marlins don't have the assets (money or prospects) of some of the other contending clubs. But it's all worth exploring this time of year. Hill, 36, has registered a 2.25 ERA, 1.09 WHIP, and 90/28 K/BB ratio in 76 innings (13 starts) this season for Oakland. He's a fit for any club needing rotation stability.
Source: Miami Herald
Jul 13 - 8:36 AM

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