The Dodgers on Wednesday afternoon recalled left-handed reliever Adam Liberatore from Triple-A Oklahoma City and placed left-hander Rich Hill on the 10-day disabled list, retroactive to April 15. The team is describing the injury as finger inflammation; however, Hill himself says the cause is a cracked nail on his middle finger.
The 30-year-old Liberatore has appeared in five games with the OKC Dodgers this season, going 1-0 and not allowing an earned run over 6-1/3 innings of relief. He has struck out nine batters against two walks, while holding the opposition to a .240 average. The southpaw appeared in seven Cactus League games with Los Angeles this spring, allowing six earned runs over 6-2/3 innings, while striking out seven against four walks. In his injury-riddled 2017 campaign, Liberatore appeared in just four games with the Dodgers, allowing just one run in 3-1/3 innings.
Hill last pitched on Saturday against the Diamondbacks, where he allowed seven runs on seven hits over five innings as he recorded his first loss of the season. In three starts this year, the southpaw has gone 1-1 with a 6.00 ERA and has struck out 16 batters against seven walks.
Hill calls the injury “precautionary,” and said that he expects to miss just one start.
(Dai Sugiura furnished some information provided in this report)