VIERA, Fla. (AP) -Washington Nationals manager Manny Acta missed part of his team's 5-3 exhibition loss to the Detroit Tigers on Monday so he could head over to the minor league complex and watch right-hander Shawn Hill pitch to Class-A players from the Dodgers' system.
Hill is on the 15-day disabled list, trying to overcome pain in his pitching arm, and his two innings of work Monday represented his first game action of any sort since September.
``The pain wasn't as intense as I thought it would be,'' Hill said after throwing 39 pitches, 23 for strikes, and reaching 91 mph.
He retired the first four batters he faced, then went double, walk, fielder's choice, single, before striking out his final hitter.
nue to throw.''
He's going to get on a five-day schedule, trying to build up his innings. The plan, as of now, is for Hill to be able to pitch for the Nationals on April 13.
``We're lining up for that day,'' Hill said.
But given Hill's history of injuries - he had ligament replacement surgery in 2004, and surgery on a nerve in his right forearm and left shoulder in 2007 - Acta is being cautious about predicting when the pitcher will be ready.
``His track record speaks for itself,'' the manager said.
Because of two days off in the Nationals' early schedule, the team will head north with a four-man rotation. The only starting spot Acta has announced is Odalis Perez for opening day, March 30 against Atlanta. Matt Chico, Jason Bergmann and Tim Redding are expected to round out the group, although Redding left his start Sunday after hurting his back.
Redding and Acta both said the right-hander felt better Monday.
``As of now,'' Acta said, ``he's going to make his next start.''

Recent MLB Discussions

MLB Top Stories

Thumbnail Dodgers, Kershaw to cruise past Mets? This Dodgers-Mets series hasn’t lacked for drama. It’s only fitting, then, that the two bitter enemies conclude their three-game set in prime time.
Thumbnail Can Liriano, Buccos quiet Rangers? After watching Yu Darvish make a smashing 2016 debut last night, can the Rangers stay hot in today’s series finale with the Pirates?
Thumbnail Marlins vs. Braves Pick The Atlanta Bravesaren’t beating many teams, but they are beating the Miami Marlins. Can they do it again today at 5:05PM ET?
Thumbnail Can Twins sweep Mariners? Can the Minnesota Twins complete an unlikely road sweep of the Seattle Mariners when they meet today at 4:10PM ET?
Thumbnail Giants vs. Rockies Prediction Will the Giants win their series against the Rockies with another victory today at 4:10PM ET in Denver?
More inMLB Articles  

MLB Team Pages