Dave Roberts: ‘Hard to imagine’ Rich Hill will return before September

Dodgers pitcher Rich Hill
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The Los Angeles Dodgers don’t anticipate starting pitcher Rich Hill coming back from his forearm injury any time soon.

Hill was originally placed on the 10-day injured list with a strained flexor tendon in his throwing arm. On Wednesday, the Dodgers moved him to the 60-day injured list, meaning he wouldn’t be avalaible until mid-August.

However, manager Dave Roberts said he doesn’t expect Hill to return before Sept. 1.

Pitching 53 innings in his 10 starts this year for the Dodgers, Hill went 4-1 with a 2.55 ERA and 1.11 WHIP, along with 61 strikeouts.

Los Angeles has a deep rotation, a loaded lineup and a 13-game lead in the National League West. So, while the Dodgers are certainly better when Hill is in the rotation, they’ll do okay while he rehabs this injury.