If things with the Baltimore Orioles pitching rotation were not shaky, they are now even more so. The news out of camp today concerning Rich Hill may be precautionary, but it's a step back for the hurler, and the coaching staff...Rich Hill, who was acquired this offseason with the hope that he would be the Orioles' third starter, was officially ruled out for the Opening Day rotation today by pitching coach Rick Kranitz.
Hill has been dealing with elbow soreness and hasn't pitched in a game all spring. He did throw a 25-pitch batting practice session today, facing hitters for the first time since late February, and is expected to throw an inning in Wednesday's intrasquad game. Though the batting practice session went well and Hill reported no discomfort, Kranitz said there's simply not enough time for the left-hander to get ready for the season with Opening Day now only two weeks away.
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