Shawn Hill update and your lineups
So Shawn Hill, as we said before, went on the disabled list today. The interesting news is that it's more because of his banged-up left shoulder, which he said has a torn labrum, not his right elbow, which he described as having "junk" in it but is structurally sound. Now, a torn labrum in your pitching shoulder is a major injury. In his non-pitching shoulder, not as much. He could begin throwing program in as little as 10 days to two weeks.
"It is good news that the ligament is in tact," Manny Acta said, referring to the ulnar collateral ligament in Hill's right elbow.
Hill is frustrated that, in a year that started so well for him on the mound, he has been halted by a bone-headed base running play in Florida, when he ended up diving back into third base. He then aggravated it trying to make a play behind him while covering first in San Diego.
"I don't know what they have in mind," Hill said, "but I'd like to be back, at the latest, by the middle of June. ... I did this to myself, too. It wasn't like somebody ran into me. I basically did it to myself. Stupid play. It's definitely frustrating, especially because things were going pretty well, you'd like to just keep on going. Now I've got to shut it down and gear back up, you never know how things are going to go."
Chad Cordero takes Hill's roster spot. Cordero seemed at ease in the clubhouse today, and his grandmother's passing must have been a relief to the whole family. He said he was very happy to see his family and spend that time with him.
Manny Acta, however, said he wouldn't bring Cordero back into a closer situation immediately because of the long layoff. Cordero hasn't pitched since May 6 in Chicago, when he blew a save, and Acta said he'd like Cordero to work in the middle of a game before he's thrown into a save situation. So, for the next couple of nights, Jon Rauch is your closer still.
With that, here's your lineups:
Kelly Johnson -- 4
Willie Harris -- 7
Edgar Renteria -- 6
Andruw Jones -- 8
Brian McCann -- 2
Jeff Francoeur -- 9
Scott Thorman -- 3
Chris Woodward -- 5
John Smoltz -- 1
No Chipper Jones. He hurt both his thumbs -- yes, that's right, his thumbs -- the other day, and he's out for the third straight day. He did take BP today, and could play tomorrow.
Lopez -- 4
Guzman -- 6
Zimmerman -- 5
Church -- 7
Kearns -- 9
Schneider -- 2
Fick -- 3
Langerhans -- 8
Bergmann -- 1
Really nice night out here right now. I love this time before the heat sets in.
Oh, and Steinberg's here to blog about the Pitch-n-stitch thing, which will obviously be hysterical, because it involves both knitting (hysterical on its own) and Steinberg (hysterical on his own). Peanut butter and chocolate taste great together, right?
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