Shawn Hill has forearm problems

Nationals right-hander Shawn Hill was scratched from Thursday’s start against the Tigers because of right forearm discomfort.

Hill started to feel pain on Sunday when he had a bullpen session and didn’t inform the team about his problem until Tuesday. Hill wanted to pitch against the Tigers, but the Nationals were against it. Hill is scheduled to fly to Pensacola, Fla., to see Dr. James Andrews on Friday. 

“Shawn was willing to throw, but we decided to send him over to see Dr. Andrews, who will give us an indication on what to do from now on,” Manager Manny Acta said.

Health problems are nothing new for Hill. He has had elbow reconstruction and forearm surgery. The injuries have limited him to only 37 games during his career.

Last year, Hill had arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow in September. Some small spurs in the posterior elbow were removed, and Dr. Andrews, who performed the surgery, didn’t find any further damage to the elbow.

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