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Buehler? Dodgers need a replacement for Hill

Roberts coy on Monday's starter as club weighs 'couple of ideas'
April 20, 2018

LOS ANGELES -- Manager Dave Roberts wasn't ready to name Walker Buehler, Brock Stewart or anybody else to replace Rich Hill as Monday night's starting pitcher for the Dodgers against the Marlins at Dodger Stadium."We'll know soon enough," said Roberts before Friday's series opener agianst the Nationals. "We've got a

LOS ANGELES -- Manager Dave Roberts wasn't ready to name Walker Buehler, Brock Stewart or anybody else to replace Rich Hill as Monday night's starting pitcher for the Dodgers against the Marlins at Dodger Stadium.
"We'll know soon enough," said Roberts before Friday's series opener agianst the Nationals. "We've got a couple of ideas. I can't say."
Hill, placed on the 10-day disabled list on Wednesday with a split fingernail on his left middle finger, said he played catch on Friday and his finger was healed.
"I could have pitched tonight," said Hill. "No issues."
Of course, with the left-hander's history of finger blisters and wounds, it's understandable that management would err on the side of caution with Hill, who must snap his patented curveball with such torque that his fingertip skin is always at risk.
Reliever Thomas Stripling could get the start, or the Dodgers could recall Buehler or Stewart from Triple-A Oklahoma City. Buehler is listed as Sunday's starter for OKC, having last pitched on Monday. Stewart last pitched on Wednesday and Monday would be his regular day to start.
Other injury updates
John Forsythe, who went on the disabled list with right shoulder inflammation resulting from longer throws from third base after taking over for Justin Turner, said he might resume throwing by Saturday or Sunday. Roberts said Forsythe also has begun taking dry swings in the batting cage.

Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers for MLB.com since 2001.