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Hill To Resume Throwing In Several Days

Shawn Hill, evaluated today by orthopedist Dr. James Andrews, has no structural damage in his elbow or forearm. The Nats right-hander has right forearm inflammation, and should resumed throwing within a couple days, the team said. Hill was given anti-inflammatory medication.

The evaluation with Dr. Andrews occurred in the wake of the latest setback for Hill, who missed the bulk of last season with various elbow and forearm injuries, though none of those injuries were related to diagnosed structural damage. Thursday, Hill was scratched from his scheduled start against Detroit after complaining of forearm tightness.

Until that point, he had competed in spring training free of pain.

By Chico Harlan  |  March 6, 2009; 7:35 PM ET
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Hopefully, this was just a case of Hill going too hard too soon. There's still a month until Opening Day and, maybe, Hill will have enough time to get right,

Posted by: leetee1955 | March 6, 2009 7:56 PM | Report abuse

leetee, I fear that Shawn will at best be in extended ST to begin the season, but may need to go down to AA ball to build arm strength. I don't think we can look for him in D.C. before late May.

Posted by: BinM | March 6, 2009 8:03 PM | Report abuse

New posted (with update)
Of the 68 player currently either in-camp or having "Visa" issues, I think the first cut-down will be to 50. Here's my "red-tag" list of the 18...
Players (11): Hood(STI), Cintron(STI), Eldred(STI), Valentin(STI), Langerhans(STI), Padilla(STI), Patterson(STI), F.Bynum(STI), Molina(STI), Herrera(STI), D.Young(STI).
Pitchers (6): Detwiler(40-man), Atilano(40-man), Martin(STI), Larrison(STI), Towers(STI), Sosa(STI).

That's totals 17 - the 18th could come from one of this group: Desmond(40-man), Marrero(40-man), Davis(40-man), J.Guzman(STI), Pena(40-man), Clippard(40-man), or Wagner(STI).

Posted by: BinM | March 6, 2009 7:55 PM

Based on current news, add Hill to the list of possibles for the 1st cut-down.

Posted by: BinM | March 6, 2009 8:08 PM | Report abuse

This is good news...but like BinM, I don't see him on the opening day 40 man.

Posted by: richardharless | March 6, 2009 9:13 PM | Report abuse

No structural damage and a script for anti-inflamatories is not exactly GOOD news. It's a lot better than a follow date w/ Andrews in an OR. But, still not great.

The phrase, "can resume throwing in a couple of days" is also never good.

Obviously, hope Shawn is just having normal soreness from the unnatural violence of major league pitching. I think he may have to learn what normal soreness is after all his problems to date.

Sure want to see him get 150 IP this year. That would get us several extra wins over his replacement (a la Bill James).

Posted by: Avar | March 6, 2009 9:40 PM | Report abuse

Hill threw 12 pitches and had to see Dr. Andrews a week later. Somebody do the full-year projections on that. Bottom line: do not count on this guy for anything except frequent flyer miles.

Posted by: jdschulz50 | March 6, 2009 9:49 PM | Report abuse

Since the Nats are short in the bullpen, I've been wondering if making Hill into a setup man or closer would be a good move. Only pitching one inning in most outings would minimize the stress on his arm. Does anyone think this is feasible?

Posted by: bertbkatz | March 7, 2009 12:21 AM | Report abuse

Yea, I don't think it looks good either. The guys is tough as nails and he'll pitch til his arm falls off, which is why I'm worried.

506, does your girlfriend know about your crush on VORP?

Posted by: NatsNut | March 7, 2009 12:21 AM | Report abuse

As a big Shawn Hill fan, I hope this is a good call by Dr. Andrews. However, I'm pretty sure if we check the posts from a year ago, we'll see ol' Doc Andrews offered the exact same words and diagnosis after Chad Cordero's visit to Birmingham. And that was hardly hte first major injury he missed. His pronouncements do not fill me with any confidence.

And it's not just Dr. Andrews -- look at Friday's papers in New York, about A-Rod...and how the Yankees and his doctors really blew it, wheneven his batting coach realized there was something wrong with his hip last summer...I'll feel confident in Hill's health after he's thrown at least 7 great innings in 3 straight starts in May and June.

Posted by: fischy | March 7, 2009 12:30 AM | Report abuse

NatsNut, she looks the other way in exchange for me wearing clean clothes every day.

Posted by: Section506 | March 7, 2009 12:45 AM | Report abuse

Chico...we need some reporting on Austin Kearns. Hand blister.....not for 10 days....I would bet a beer what really is going on is that Rick Eck. if trying to rework his swing completely and why this was not done over the winter I really want to know. What is $8 million, not enough to work in December and January on what has become one of the most automatic outs in baseball?

Kearns can not hit inside heat. His hands are too low and tight to his body. His feet and dancing at the point of contact (when it does happen on rare days). What we need is some reporting on what is really happening with Kearns each day and what does Rick E. say about the progress. Kearns is costing us $8 Mill.....seems we should be able to expect that this swing work that is so badly needed, should have been done in December not Mid March. Seems we should be able to expect honest answers about the status not BS about a blister.

Posted by: JayBeee | March 7, 2009 7:59 AM | Report abuse

There's a new post up.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | March 7, 2009 9:09 AM | Report abuse

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