Los Angeles Dodger starting pitcher Rich Hill was placed on the 10-day disabled list on Friday, according to Doug Padilla of ESPN.com. Hill also spent time on the disabled list last summer due to a blister.
“[Blisters] usually take one to two weeks to settle down,” the Fantasy Doctor’s Dr. Selene Parekh said. It is a minor bump in the road for Hill, who should miss just one or two starts before returning to the mound.
The veteran starting pitcher signed a three-year deal with Los Angeles after a trade to acquire the left-hander last summer proved fruitful. Hill had a 3-2 record with a 1.83 earned run average (ERA) and 39 strikeouts in 34 innings pitched after being traded to the Dodgers. He earned his first win of the season on Wednesday against the San Diego Padres, tossing five innings of one-run baseball and struck out five.
Alex Wood just missed out on the final rotation spot prior to the start of the season and is likely in line to fill in for Hill until he returns. The left-handed pitcher had 3.73 ERA and 66 strikeouts in 60 innings. But he did not look as sharp this spring, posting a 4.67 ERA and 15 strikeouts in 17 innings. Regardless, he has a lifetime 3.34 ERA and should draw interest as a temporary pickup in 12-team leagues. The Dodgers have a deep rotation. Wood could very well be a solid fantasy starter on another team.
Julio Urias is not being considered as a possibility for Monday’s game, according to Andy McCullough of the LA Times tweeted. Urias, one of the Dodgers top prospects, made his debut last season, posting a 5-2 record with a 3.39 ERA in 15 starts. But fantasy owners will have to wait until later in the season to benefit from the 20-year-old’s stellar pitching.
Hill and his curveball are very nasty. Owners should have no problem holding on to Hill for a week or so while he recovers. Finding an effective left-handed pitcher on a successful team like the Dodgers is difficult to find. For now, Wood seems to be worth picking up until Hill is back and healthy.