Rich Hill has gone to hell and back for his baseball career. He’s not going to let a 91 mph fastball to the neck from Clayton Richard keep him from playing.
The Dodgers’ starting pitcher was up in a 2-2 game Friday when he set up for a bunt. What happened next was about as scary a moment as there can be in baseball.
Hill stayed down on the ground for a moment, and no one would have faulted him from coming out of the game. But for a guy whose career came to a standstill in 2007 and didn’t get going again for another eight years, he wasn’t going to let a fastball off his Adam’s apple slow him down.
He stayed in the game. After taking a fastball off his neck. And went back out to pitch the fifth inning.
Hill ended up striking out nine in six innings of work while allowing two earned runs.
Another former KBO player who has yet to unveil his potential stateside is ByungHo Park, who signed a four-year, $12 million deal with the Twins before the 2016 season. After a strong start to his big-league career, Park’s nagging wrist issues affected the performance, dropping the slash line to .191/.275/.409 before getting demoted to Triple-A.
Park had a lights-out spring training performance in 2017 (.353/.414/.745 with six home runs) but the team decided not to include him on the big-league roster. After a slow start and an injury to the season in the Triple-A, Park has hit .311/.370/.522 with five home runs in 25 games since the All-Star break.
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Game Womens Gregor Blanco Jersey It’s another tough situation, Thames said. Right now, in Minnesota, with what guys like (Miguel) Sano and other players are doing, there’s a logjam. (Park) has been working on his approach, though. If he keeps doing that and performing, he will get a call.