Of course you're skeptical about Rich Hill's sore shoulder. Who wouldn't be, after he admits to being sore right at the moment when it looks like he's going to be waived and possibly outrighted to the minor leagues?
Now, to be fair, maybe he has been pitching hurt the past few outings, but his track record indicates that his control problems are as much mental as physical. He's a decent fellow and I hope the Orioles find a way to straighten him out, but it's hard to project him ever being a truly dependable starting pitcher.
This apparent case of shoulder tendinitis is convenient for the Orioles, since they can DL Hill now and work on his mechanics out of public view for the next month or two. Maybe the club just got lucky -- if a real injury can be considered that -- but if Hill is using some mild discomfort to extend his stay on a major league roster, he certainly wouldn't be the first guy to do that.
Frankly, I was kind of hoping that Chris Gomez would come up with a phantom hammy strain when he fell victim to the roster crunch this spring, but Chris chose to take his release and look for work elsewhere.
I don't know if something like that is happening with Hill, and I don't think it's going to make a whole lot of difference in the greater scheme of things.
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