|Bats / Throws||Left / Left|
|Date of Birth||3/11/1980|
|Height, Weight||6'5", 220 lbs|
|Drafted||2002 - Rd 4|
Hill (knee) will be activated off the injured list to start Sunday against the Pirates, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports.
A knee strain has kept Hill out since the start of the season, but he's been making steady progress in his rehab and is now ready to go. Ross Stripling is expected to head to the bullpen to open up a rotation spot.
Hill (knee) will throw five or six innings at extended spring camp Monday and could rejoin the rotation next weekend, Bill Plunkett of The Orange County Register reports.
Assuming he comes through the extended spring game without any setbacks, Hill said he could rejoin the Dodgers and be ready to start their Sunday home game against the Pirates as he targets a return from his left knee strain. Ross Stripling is slated to move to the bullpen when Hill returns.
Hill (knee) will make one more rehab start before returning to the big-league rotation, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports.
The left-hander was lights-out in his outing for High-A Rancho Cucamonga on Thursday, giving up just two hits while striking out eight in four innings, but he'll get one more start in the minors as he works his way back from his knee strain. Per Gurnick, the team hasn't determined where Hill will make that start, but it will likely take place Monday.
Hill (knee) tossed four scoreless frames (54 pitches) in his rehab start Wednesday for High-A Rancho Cucamonga. He gave up two hits and issued no walks while striking out eight.
Per Jorge Castillo of the Los Angeles Times, a scout in attendance for the outing noted that Hill was in "vintage" form, sporting a plus curveball and a fastball that topped out at 92 miles per hour. The Dodgers haven't confirmed Hill's next step, but the lefty told Jim Alexander of The Riverside Press-Enterprise after the outing that he feels "extremely ready" to make his next start with the big club. If the Dodgers feel the same way, Hill would likely enter the rotation next week during the team's three-game series with the Cubs, bumping Ross Stripling to the bullpen in the process.
Hill (knee) is scheduled to throw four innings or about 60 pitches during his first minor-league rehab start Wednesday, which will come at High-A Rancho Cucamonga or Triple-A Oklahoma City, Bill Plunkett of The Orange County Register reports.
Hill completed a 46-pitch simulated game Friday followed by 15 pitches in the bullpen, clearing the way for his rehab assignment. The 39-year-old figures to need at least one additional rehab start if all goes well, which could allow him to return to the Dodgers before the end of April.