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Oakland A's injury: Rich Hill has 'real mild groin strain,' says Bob Melvin

The Athletics starting pitcher doesn't think it's serious enough for him to miss his next start, though the manager will take it day-to-day.

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Top Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Rich Hill has a "real[ly] mild groin strain," says Bob Melvin (via Joe Stiglich, CSN California) after coming out of Sunday's contest against the Detroit Tigers in the middle of facing catcher James McCann with one out in the top of the 7th inning. Melvin adds that he wasn't certain whether it would be enough to keep Hill out of his next start (Connor Letourneau, San Francisco Chronicle), and that Hill wanted to stay in the game (Matt Kawahara, Sacramento Bee). reporter Mark Chiarelli:

If Hill should miss his turn, which would be on Saturday in Houston (barring an offday reshuffle), the A's would not necessarily need to call up an extra starter. The schedule for the next week could instead look like:

  • Monday: Kendall Graveman
  • Tuesday: Eric Surkamp
  • Wednesday: Sean Manaea
  • Thursday: OFF
  • Friday: Jesse Hahn
  • Saturday: Kendall Graveman
  • Sunday: Eric Surkamp

The A's have the whole week to figure out if they want to skip Hill's start, though he's already declaring himself ready to go: