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Rich Hill Is Ready to Join the Orioles

Well, the headline kind of says it all but after spending the better of the spring injured with a left elbow strain, Rich Hill will more than likely start Saturday night's game for Baltimore.

Hill, who was acquired via trade from the Chicago Cubs, has gone 1-2 with a 1.65 ERA in four total rehab starts between Class A Frederick and Class AAA Norfolk. In his last start for Norfolk on Sunday, Hill pitched six scoreless innings.

Orioles Manager Dave Trembley has already moved Mark Hendrickson to the bullpen and Koji Uehara will have his next start pushed back from Saturday to Sunday.

Hill possesses a devastating curveball (and does a killer Kip Dynamite impersonation) but last year with the Cubs he struggled mightily. Hill has insisted that those struggles were the results of lingering back pain and problems with his mechanics.

Roch Kubatko over at MASN thinks the schedule may be perfect for Hill, as he will make his season debut in relatively quiet Kansas City, miss the circus that is Yankees Stadium and then make his second start against the Nationals in D.C. next weekend.

By finally adding Hill to the rotation, the Orioles may now have the pitching staff most expected in spring training with Jeremy Guthrie, Koji Uehara, Hill, Brad Bergesen and Adam Eaton.

Of course the downside to activating Hill is that someone's going to have to be demoted and it very well could be Nolan Reimold, who made his major league debut Thursday night.

By CJ Holley  |  May 15, 2009; 1:43 PM ET
Categories:  Orioles  
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