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The Nationals have put right-hander Shawn Hill on waiver for the purpose of giving him his unconditional release.
The Nationals decided to make this move because of the uncertainty of Hill’s health. Hill has yet to play a full season in the big leagues because elbow and forearm problems.
Manager Manny Acta broke the news to Hill on Wednesday morning about 11:30 a.m. ET at Space Coast Stadium.
With Hill off the team, right-handers Collin Balester, Shairon Martis and Jordan Zimmerman will battle for fourth and fifth spots in the rotation.
Right-hander Shawn Hill’s forearm is doing fine after having a bullpen session on Friday. That means Hill will throw one inning against the Marlins in Jupiter Fla., on Monday.
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Nationals right-hander Shawn Hill had a bullpen session on Friday, throwing 35 pitches without feeling any pain in his forearm.
Hill hasn’t pitched in a game since Feb. 25 because of forearm soreness, but pitching coach Randy St. Claire has Hill tentatively scheduled to throw at least one inning against the Marlins in Jupiter Fla., on Monday. The team, however, wants to make sure Hill is pain-free on Saturday before penciling him in a game.
“Shawn looked good. He threw the ball very well. He threw a normal bullpen,” St. Claire said. “We are going to wait and see [if he throws against the Marlins]. That would be his normal turn. … Tomorrow will be big day — to see if there are any tightness issues or any of that kind of stuff. Maybe we have to back it up a few days. We may have him do another bullpen session. We are going to play it by ear.”
* Nationals Minor League position players are expected to report to camp on Friday, but shortstop Carlos Alvarez David Lugo, who previously called himself Esmailyn Gonzalez, is not expected to arrive that day because of work visa issues. There is no timetable as to when he will report to camp.
Lugo, who received a $1.4 million signing bonus from the Nationals in 2006, was the center of controversy last month when it was reported that he allegedly falsified his name and age. In Washington’s 2008 media guide, Lugo is listed as 19 years old, but he is four years older.
* Right-hander Shawn Hill is expected to have a bullpen session on Friday. If things go well, Hill might be able to pitch in a game sometime next week.
* I saw Kip Wells today. He prefers starting over relieving. Manager Manny Acta said Wells will work on the Minor League field as a reliever.
* Acta said Jesus Flores’ right elbow is getting better, but there is no timetable as to when Flores will play in a game.
Right-hander Shawn Hill played catch on Monday and didn’t have any problems with his right forearm. He threw from 60 to 90 feet. Hill will throw on flat ground on Wednesday and have a bullpen session on Friday.
If things go well, Hill may get to start in a game next week
Nationals right-hander Shawn Hill was evaluated by Dr. James Andrews in Pensacola, Fla., on Friday afternoon and it was determined that Hill has no structural damage to his right elbow and forearm.
Hill has some inflammation in the forearm and was given anti-inflammatory medication. He should resume throwing activities in several days.
Hill was scratched from Thursday’s start against the Tigers because of right forearm discomfort.
Hill, who pitched one inning last Friday against the Astros, started to feel pain Sunday when he threw a bullpen session, but he didn’t inform the team about the problem until Tuesday.
Hill wanted to pitch against the Tigers, but the Nationals were against it.
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.