Hill's forearm pain a mystery

Hill's forearm pain a mystery

VIERA, Fla. -- Nationals right-hander Shawn Hill pitched in his first Minor League game on Monday and was so-so on the mound. He threw 39 pitches and gave up two runs in two innings against the Dodgers' Minor League team.

Hill pitched a perfect first inning, but found himself in trouble in the second, as the Dodgers had no problems hitting his fastball.

However, Hill was more concerned about his right forearm than about results. He was in serious pain before the game started, but said that the pain subsided once he started warming up. Hill is currently on the disabled list because of the forearm.

"I felt OK," Hill said. "[My forearm] was really tight and in a little bit of pain when I was warming up, but when I got going, it felt good when I was throwing the changeup. The curveball was better. In the bullpen, it was pretty bad. The fastball, I let it lose on the last hitter and it felt better."

Hill expects to have problems with the forearm for a while, and will not downplay the injury, as he might have done in the past.

"I've been telling you guys that it feels all right, but its tight. When I'm throwing at times, it hurts [a lot]," Hill said. "It is what it is right now. We've looked at a bunch of stuff. We checked with different doctors. The muscle is fine. The tendons are fine. The nerve is not damaged."

Regardless, Hill is going to see several different doctors to find out why he is still having problems.

"We are still trying to find out what might be wrong," Hill said. "We are talking to other doctors, but until we find out, I might as well keep throwing, because I'm not doing any damage. If I can tolerate the pain, I'll continue to throw."

Hill will pitch in another Minor League game on Saturday. He is expected to pitch four innings in the game.

Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.