Hill: Live BP
Shawn Hill had originally hoped to throw a live batting practice session on Thursday. But this situation is fluid, and they're reacting on a day-to-day basis on how he feels. So Hill showed up out on the minor league fields -- where the wind is whipping something fierce -- to toss a live BP session today.
(Off day? Randy St. Claire: "There are no off days when you're a pitching coach in spring training." He's got Jason Bergmann throwing in a minor-league game at 1 p.m. (same time as my chat, so I'll miss it).)
Hill threw 38 pitches, and his command wasn't quite as good as in his last bullpen. With the wind -- and we've heard this from several pitchers this spring -- it can be so dry that it's hard to get a grip on the ball that will allow pitchers to throw sharp breaking stuff. So his off-speed pitches weren't that great.
But in those 38 pitches to right-handed swinging Chris Marrero and left-handed swinging Leonard Davis (minor leaguers), I had him allowing 12 groundballs (exactly what he wants with that sinker), three line drives (two by Marrero, one from Davis that went foul) and no fly balls. "He dialed it up a little bit more," St. Claire said.
"Felt all right," Hill said. "Just trying to, I don't know, go through the motions I suppose, to a point. Just cranking it up a little bit extra more than the bullpen. I felt all right."
St. Claire, at this point, refuses to discuss Hill's next step until he sees how Hill feels the following day. Hill, though, believes that a better indicator is how he feels right afterward. A couple of weeks ago, when he originally cut short a BP session, he had pain right away.
"It hurt driving back to the stadium," he said. "When it happened, walking into the training room I knew it was barking. Right now it doesn't feel like I'm hurting. It doesn't feel like it's going to hurt tomorrow. That's not to say it won't, but when it was hurting before, that sharp pain, it was there right away and it stayed there."
So we'll see.
My chat is coming up at 1 today. Ryan Zimmerman's chat on post.com is at 1:30 p.m. tomorrow, and you can already ask questions here. And please vote in the poll that was posted earlier.
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