Rich Hill’s side session was pushed back to to Sunday, one day later than originally planned. Hill, who has been sidelined with soreness in his left elbow, is running out of time to be ready for Opening Day. The Orioles would like him to pitch in three spring games, but he has to test his recovery via a side session and some live batting practice.
Hill was able to participate in pitchers’ fielding drills on Saturday and was able to make an easy throw to first base without incident. The coaching staff cautioned him not to throw to second base, though, and Hill would field the ball and underhand it back.
When contacted just before the game, Hill said that the delay was procedural more than anything else. He said that he felt great throwing long-toss on Friday and that he’s ready to get on the mound Sunday and begin the long road back to the mound.
“It feels like forever,” he said of his layoff. “It’s not fun. I went through this all year last year just trying to fight back from the back injury. It’s not fun coming into a camp with a new team and not being able to go out there and pitch. It’s frustrating, but things happen.”