That is, of course, if Hill is not dealt by Monday's 1 p.m. PT non-waiver Trade Deadline. The veteran remains a starting option for teams in contention, despite a blister ailment that's kept him out for the past two weeks.
This is Hill's second time on the DL this season, after missing all of June with a left groin strain. He's made just three starts since, his last a five-pitch outing against the Blue Jays on July 17 cut short when his blister popped.
The recovery has been slow, but Hill took his biggest step yet Saturday, throwing a 60-pitch bullpen at Progressive Field comprised of four 15-pitch simulated innings. He threw the last without protective covering on his left middle finger.
"Everything was going well when I saw him," Melvin said. "It sounds like it's going in the right direction. He looked good."
Hill is 9-3 with a 2.25 ERA in 14 starts for the A's this season.
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