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Rich Hill to IL, he’s already broken folks

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Age and injury history conspire to make this feel bad

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Dan Hayes, one of the better writers on the Twins beat at this time, appears to have broken the news. Big Dick Mountain, aka Rich Hill, one of the Twins’ bigger off season pitching acquistions, has gone back on the injured list.

Hill’s first start this season was pushed back to give him some more time to get ready. He was pushed back again, giving Lewis Thorpe the chance to start tonight, and was supposed to throw sometime this week. Apparently that isn’t the case, as the Twins have moved him to the ten-day injured list.

According to Do-Hyoung Park, Juan Minaya was added to the 60-man player pool, although no 30-man roster additions have been announced in relation to the Hill move.

Fortuately, the Twins do have starting pitching depth right now, an odd statement to make given their history over the last decade or so. Randy Dobnak has pitched well, and will hold his spot in the rotation a bit longer now, with Homer Bailey and Hill both out for the time being. Jake Odorizzi is due back for the series in Kansas City, and will help reinforce a rotation that contains Jose Berrios and Kenta Maeda at this time, and will likely continue to see appearances by a young group of Devin Smeltzer, Lewis Thorpe, and Sean Poppen until more reinforcements arrive.