Rich Hill admitted Wednesday that he’s been pitching with a tear in the labrum of his pitching shoulder for the entire season, and in fact his entire Baltimore tenure. Hill said that the tear was originally found in an arthrogram administered by his former team, the Cubs.
Hill, who missed time in Spring Training due to tendinitis in his left elbow, is unsure how to proceed with his injury. The southpaw said he will undergo another arthrogram before deciding to go on a strengthening program or to surgically repair his damaged shoulder.
The Orioles acquired Hill during the offseason for a nominal cash transaction, and now they’ll allow him to plot his own medical course of action. The southpaw got an extended audition in Baltimore’s rotation, and now he’ll have to figure out how to best return to the Majors.