Rich Hill will come off of the disabled list and make his Dodgers debut on Wednesday evening in a home start against the Giants at 10:10 PM EDT. The Dodgers acquired Hill along with outfielder Josh Reddick from the Athletics ahead of the August 1 non-waiver trade deadline, sending Frankie Montas, Jharel Cotton, and Grant Holmes to Oakland. Hill, however, was bothered by a severe blister on his throwing hand, which has kept him out of action since July 17. Prior to the injury, the 36-year-old Hill compiled a 2.25 ERA with a 90/28 K/BB ratio in 76 innings spanning 14 starts. He has continued a late-career rebirth. After battling injuries and ineffectiveness from 2008-15, which even took him to
ESPN’s Jayson Stark reports that Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard and catcher Carlos Ruiz have both cleared waivers, which means the club can attempt to trade either player unimpeded. Stark adds that two teams are mulling a pursuit of Ruiz, but Howard is “virtually certain” to stay with the Phillies. Howard, 36, has unimpressive overall stats, as he’s carrying a .198/.252/.445 triple-slash line with 19 home runs and 43 RBI in 286 plate appearances. The Phillies have limited Howard to right-handed pitching by platooning him with Tommy Joseph. Shockingly, Howard has been one of the best hitters of the second half, as Corinne Landrey explains at FanGraphs. Using wRC+, an all encompassing offensive
While most organizations start the year with unrealistically high hopes, the 2016 MLB season featured a number of tanking teams that had zero expectations. Among them were the Atlanta Braves, Cincinnati Reds, and Philadelphia Phillies, three clubs that were at one point destined for historically bad seasons. Once-optimistic franchises have gone into absolute free-fall mode, with Arizona leading the charge for utter futility on the diamond.