Hill said Wednesday that his blister is healing and he thinks he will pitch Sunday, the Bay Area News Group's John Hickey reports. He said the new skin on his finger feels thin and hopes it will toughen by Sunday, so he's far from a lock to take the ball against the Indians. That said, Tuesday's bullpen session seems to have gone well. He made 20 throws, playing catch, without the protective covering on his finger, then threw a regular bullpen session with the covering on his finger. It will all come down to Hill's bullpen session Friday, as he is expected to throw with no protection on the finger. He might be traded before Monday's deadline regardless of whether he makes Sunday's start, but it would go a long way toward reassuring his potential buyers that he is healthy for the stretch run if he gets cleared to make one last start for the A's.
Hill (blister) could get the start Sunday against the Indians after throwing a bullpen Tuesday without a bandage on his finger, Jane Lee of MLB.com reports. Hill tossed 20 pitches without any covering on his finger in the bullpen, and followed that up by throwing 50 more during batting practice with a bandage over the finger. Manager Bob Melvin left open the possibility of Hill pitching during the weekend, with Sunday being the most likely scenario. Hill is still being valued as a potential trade candidate and Sunday's game would fall on July 31, just a day before the deadline.
Hill (blister) is still unable to throw without a protective covering on his left middle finger but the club is optimistic he can start sometime on their upcoming road trip, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Hill's next start is still to be decided, but a disabled list trip seems unlikely at this point. "We're keeping him on the roster for a reason," manager Bob Melvin said. The road trip in question runs from Monday through next Thursday, so unfortunately that leaves a big window of uncertainty for Hill's owners, but he should be expected to make his return at some point before the Athletics return home August 5 against the Cubs.
Hill (blister) will throw a bullpen session Sunday with a covering on his finger, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Saturday's bullpen will allow Hill to keep his arm loose but it's not really a sign that he's closer to game action, as the lefty still needs time to let the blister fully heal. He may end up not starting another game for the A's, as the team could end up moving Hill before he's ready to return. While Hill has been excellent when on the mound this season, his extensive injury history may scare off many potential suitors.
Athletics manager Bob Melvin said that Hill is not close to getting on the mound, John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Hill (blister) played catch Wednesday and Thursday, but will not return to the mound until the blister has fully subsided. Hill is one of the top starting pitchers available as we near the trade deadline, and this will no doubt impact the Athletics ability to move him.