The A's plan to have Hill (hand) start either Thursday or Friday of next week, Joe Stiglich of CSN California reports. After a bit of a setback Friday landed Hill on the DL, the veteran southpaw was able to get through a 60-pitch bullpen session. He has been battling an issue with a blister on his pitching hand, but Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle is reporting that Hill was able to throw a decent portion of the bullpen session without a protective covering on his blister. While it's encouraging that Hill could be back as soon as August 4, there's no guarantee he'll still be wearing an A's uniform by that time with the trade deadline looming on Monday.
Hill was placed on the 15-day DL Saturday with a hand blister, retroactive to July 20. Hill was scratched from his start Sunday due to a blister that's been bothering him for several weeks and it is now revealed that he'll require a DL stint to fully recover. Dillon Overton was recalled from Triple-A Nashville to add some depth to Oakland's short-handed pitching staff.
Hill (hand) will not make his scheduled start Sunday against the Indians, Jane Lee of MLB.com reports. This marks yet another setback for Hill as he tries to work his way around a blister on one of the fingers on his pitching hand. The blister burst in his start back on July 17 and there appeared to be more complications Friday. Hill threw a long toss session in Cleveland but he only lasted a little while before the training staff came out to check on his finger. The training staff ultimately pulled the plug on Hill starting Sunday, marking another frustrating development for the veteran lefty right before the trade deadline. The A's have not provided a timetable for a potential return for Hill and Sonny Gray will start in his place Sunday.
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.