Rich Hill tests knee with ‘uneventful’ return to the bullpen mound

first_img How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco DENVER — Rich Hill had one word to describe his first time on a pitcher’s mound since injuring his left knee.“Uneventful — which is good,” the Dodgers left-hander said after throwing a 20-pitch bullpen session Saturday afternoon.It was the first time Hill tested his sprained medial collateral ligament by throwing off the slope of a mound since the days after he injured his knee during a Cactus League game on March 17. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said he didn’t watch the session but was told afterwards that Hill had still felt something in his knee while throwing off the mound.“Felt it a little bit going down the slope but it didn’t limit him,” Roberts said. “There’s a difference between feeling it and pain. There was no pain.” Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies ONE MORERoberts said Saturday that the plan is for Kershaw to continue his progression following a bout with shoulder inflammation this spring by making another rehab start next week. The location hasn’t been determined yet, Roberts said.“Whether it’s Tulsa or OKC — OKC is on the road I think in Omaha — we’ll let Clayton drive that wherever he feels most comfortable,” Roberts said.Triple-A Oklahoma City plays in Omaha next Tuesday through Thursday. Double-A Tulsa is home through Wednesday. If he pitches on four day’s rest, Kershaw would go again on Tuesday. In his 4 1/3 innings for Oklahoma City on Thursday, Kershaw threw 61 pitches. The next step would likely be to extend that pitch count to 75-80.ALSOReliever Joe Kelly received treatment on his right wrist before Saturday’s game. He was hit by a line drive back to the mound in Friday’s ninth inning and left the game after facing just that one batter. Kelly said the wrist was still sore but he told Roberts he would be available to pitch in the second game of the series.UP NEXTDodgers (LHP Julio Urias, 0-0, 0.00 ERA) at Rockies (RHP Chad Bettis, 0-1, 9.53 ERA), 5:30 p.m., ESPN, AM 570center_img Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Hill said it wasn’t his knee as much as it was the brace he has been wearing that bothered him.“I’m getting a lot of pressure. The brace is pretty constricting,” he said. “It’s kind of something where we’re still trying to get that right and figure out what is the right kind of adjustments, maybe, that need to be made.“I put it on and it feels right. Then you go out and throw and it slides around or it drops and moves or whatever it does. That’s been one thing we’re trying to make as consistent as possible.”Hill admits he is eager to discard the brace. But he is not sure how long he will have to wear it once he’s ready to come off the injured list.He will be wearing it again in St. Louis next week when he expects to throw another bullpen session, this time increasing the pitch count to over 30. “Yeah, I’d love to (discard the brace) — I’d love to be pitching. That’s the frustrating part,” he said Saturday.“It’s just trying to stress it every time. Stress it, let it heal, stress it again, let it heal then build on that until we can get going.”With Hill still at least two weeks from returning and Clayton Kershaw expected to make a second rehab start in the minors next week, it seems likely that left-hander Julio Urias will stay in the rotation for at least three starts. He will make his second start of the season Sunday at Coors Field. Urias threw five scoreless innings in his first start against the Giants. The Dodgers plan to move Urias to the bullpen in order to limit his innings as soon as Hill or Kershaw is ready to join the starting rotation.Related Articleslast_img read more