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#pounditFriday, July 12, 2024

Dave Roberts pulled Rich Hill because of blister concerns

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Dave Roberts did not take his decision to pull Rich Hill in the middle of a perfect game bid lightly.

Apparently fighting tears after his Dodgers shut out the Marlins 5-0 on Saturday, Roberts explained that he removed Hill after seven perfect innings because of concerns about the southpaw’s blister resurfacing.

Roberts also said that he made the decision to keep Hill from having a chance at history because he was more focused on the team’s long-term goal, which is to win the World Series.

Hill has made two trips to the DL this season and has missed multiple starts due to a blister, so there was definitely reason for Roberts to be concerned.

Hill has only made three starts for the Dodgers since being acquired by the team. He threw six innings in his first, was scratched from the second, and then threw six scoreless in his next start before the perfect game effort.

Roberts’ decision was not an easy one, but for a manager whose biggest priority is winning the World Series, it was a practical choice. And it’s the second time Roberts has done something similar, so we know he’s at least consistent.

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