AP source: Hill has elbow surgery, to miss 1st half of 2020

A person familiar with the situation says free agent left-hander Rich Hill has had surgery on his pitching elbow and is likely to miss the first half of next season.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Monday because Hill’s surgery was not announced.

Rather than have Tommy John surgery to repair a torn ulnar collateral ligament, Hill had what is called primary revision surgery, the person said. This type of surgery usually requires a shorter recovery time, and Hill is expected to start throwing by the end of April, the person said.

Hill, who turns 40 in March, was 4-1 with a 2.45 ERA in 13 starts this year for the Los Angeles Dodgers, completing a $48 million, three-year contract. He was sidelined between June 19 and Sept. 12 with a strained flexor tendon in his pitching forearm and then in his first start back felt right knee pain that delayed his next outing until Sept. 24. Hill started Game 4 of the Division Series against Washington and did not get a decision.

Hill’s surgery was first reported by WEEI.

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