The Boston Red Sox on Monday purchased the contract of former Orioles left-hander Rich Hill from Triple-A Pawtucket.
Hill, whom the Red Sox signed to a minor league contract in June, went 7-4 with a 4.00 ERA in 42 games (10 starts) at the Triple-A level this season, including 3-1 with a 3.74 ERA in 19 games (six starts) for the PawSox. Before joining Boston's organization, Hill appeared in 23 games (four starts) for Memphis of the Pacific Coast League, the Triple-A affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals, going 4-3 with a 4.30 ERA.
Once a highly touted prospect in the Chicago Cubs system, Hill, 30, never delivered for the Orioles.They acquired him from the Cubs in February 2009 for a player to be named. The often-injured pitcher went 3-3 with a 7.80 ERA in 14 games (13 starts) for the Orioles last season, twice going on the disabled list. Hill's last appearance for the Orioles was July 27, 2009, and he underwent labrum surgery in August.
The Orioles outrighted Hill to Triple-A Norfolk after last season ended. Instead of returning to the Orioles with a minor league contract, Hill signed a minor league deal with the Cardinals in the offseason.
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