Dodgers scratch Rich Hill from next start due to blister
LOS ANGELES (AP) The Dodgers have scratched Rich Hill from his scheduled start Sunday in the series finale against Colorado because of a blister that forced him to miss a month earlier in the season.
The blister also caused Hill to leave a perfect game after seven innings on Sept. 11.
Brandon McCarthy will return from a month-long stint on the disabled list with right hip stiffness to replace Hill.
Manager Dave Roberts said Hill would start either next Saturday or Sunday at San Francisco, where the NL West leaders conclude the regular season. Hill has been dealing with the blister since before he was acquired Aug. 1 from Oakland in a trade.
''We've put ourselves in the position that we have the flexibility, or luxury, to do this,'' Roberts said. ''With the blister and how we've had to manage it since the trade, I think this gives him the best chance going forward to go deeper in a game.''
Roberts said Saturday that rookie Jose De Leon will start on Tuesday at San Diego, followed by Kenta Maeda on Wednesday.
Scott Kazmir might not make another start after leaving Friday's game with right intercostal spasms. Roberts said the left-hander is receiving treatment.