Rich Hill should return to the Boston Red Sox shift next week
The Boston Red Sox should get some reinforcements to start their rotation soon. According to Julian McWilliams of The Boston Globe,Rich Hill is expected to be revitalized from the injured roster to spend Tuesday in Houston.
Hill has been sidelined since suffering a sprain in his left knee during a game in Chicago on July 1. Rehab began yesterday with Double-A Portland, allowing only one to run on four strokes over three rounds. Hit five without being allowed to walk.
The Red Sox appears satisfied with these results and plans to make it appear again in the major tournaments. Hill rarely lasts more than five rounds at this point in his career, so it wouldn’t be a huge leap from his start in rehab to his regular workload.
While the Red Sox hasn’t confirmed Hill will return as a rookie, their injury-ravaged rotation could certainly use him. Boston relied heavily on four rookie players this month while their entire rotation spent time on the injured roster. Brayan Bello is one of the better promotions, but he’s clearly not ready for the majors and would benefit from returning to Triple-A where he can hone his skills. Josh Winkowski, Conor Siebold and Cotter Crawford have had mixed results, showing some potential but also being inexperienced.
Veteran Hill is deep in the back of his career but he’s still a good start to the service. He’s 4-4 with a 4.20 ERA in 15 starters this season. Left provides a reliable option to help stabilize employees.
Due in part to their unmanned rotation, Boston sank to the bottom of AL East and 3.5 games of Wild Card venue as the trade deadline quickly approached. Unless they can pull off a winning streak over the next few days, the Red Sox will need to consider selling some of their veterans with expired contracts.
Hill falls into that category given that the 42-year-old is on a one-year deal and not part of the team’s long-term plans. It might not bring much in a bargain, but there are always contenders looking to stock up on guns, and a seasoned veteran with Hill experience might attract some interest.
However, the timing of his return indicates that the Red Sox have no intention of trading Hale. It seems unlikely that they would have already informed him that he would play the Astros next week if they were shopping for him. The 6:00 p.m. deadline on Tuesday will already have passed by the time Hill takes the hill that night, preventing would-be suitors from catching a glimpse of him against the major league rival after his month-long absence.
There is never any guarantee that a player’s place on the team is safe at this time of year. The front office has insisted that Xander Bogaerts and Rafael Devers are not for sale, but many fans remain uncomfortable to believe this statement until the deadline has safely passed.
If the Red Sox keeps dropping out of the race and the contender comes with an offer Chaim Bloom can’t refuse, Hill could still be moved on the deadline. At the moment, this does not appear to be a likely outcome. We should expect Hill to dress up as a Red Sox next week, ready to help correct a rotation in desperate need of his expertise.