OAKLAND — It’s looking unlikely that Rich Hill will be pitching anytime in the next week.
A’s manager Bob Melvin said Tuesday afternoon that it will be “a few days” before there’s any indication of when Hill will even play catch as he deals with a blister on the middle finger of his left hand.
Given that, there’s no indication of when Hill might return to game action, leaving his trade status in limbo. The veteran lefty exited Sunday’s start after just five pitches when the blister on his finger re-opened. It had originally formed before the All-Star break, causing the A’s to push back his first start of the second half from Friday to Sunday.
Melvin said the A’s are hoping to avoid Hill joining the disabled list, but he couldn’t rule that out.
“We’re trying not to” land him on the DL, Melvin said. “Hopefully it doesn’t take that long but again we’re not really sure. I know at this point in time they’re trying to get that skin to dry up and maybe shave it down a little bit to where the skin underneath it grows up back and you’re comfortable with the strength of that.”
That would suggest rookie Dillon Overton, who starts Tuesday night against Houston, will make at least one additional start as the A’s cycle through their rotation with Hill sidelined.