By Jon Weisman
Though newly acquired left-hander Rich Hill is eligible to come off the disabled list Thursday, he will likely make a rehab start before his Dodger debut, according to Ken Gurnick of MLB.com.
Hill threw a bullpen session today, and said his finger blister was much improved, according to Gurnick. He hasn’t recorded an out since July 7, when he struck out 10 in six innings for Oakland in a 3-1 victory over Houston.
The Dodgers are also giving an extra day of rest to Kenta Maeda and Scott Kazmir, who were originally scheduled to start Wednesday and Thursday at Colorado. Maeda will start Thursday, with Kazmir taking the mound Friday against Boston. Kazmir remained in Los Angeles rather than making the trip to Colorado.
Also in Los Angeles is Bud Norris, who left his Sunday start after two batters because of right lat soreness. Norris is receiving back treatment, and the hope is that he would start Saturday for the Dodgers, though nothing is definite.
The Dodgers haven’t announced their Wednesday starter, but Brock Stewart coincidentally materialized in the visitors clubhouse at Coors Field today, and Dave Roberts confirmed he was the choice to take the mound. Since allowing five runs (all in the second inning) of his five-inning MLB debut June 29 at Milwaukee, Stewart has pitched four games for Triple-A Oklahoma City: 24 innings, 24 baserunners, 22 strikeouts, 3.00 ERA.
Julio Urías, by the way, is scheduled to pitch Wednesday for Oklahoma City. Since throwing four innings July 21 for the Dodgers at Washington, Urías has made two relief appearances totaling three innings and 51 pitches. He has thrown 85 1/3 innings this year in the Majors and minors combined, 2 1/3 short of his career high set in 2014.