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Because he already had been throwing extensively before this latest setback, Hill won’t be starting from scratch when he resumes his program.

“It’s kind of frustrating starting up and shutting down, starting up and shutting down,” he said. “But at the same time, because I have thrown and got to the bullpen and started playing long toss again, it’s not like I’ve been off for a month and a half solid. It’s not like I’m going to lose a whole lot of arm strength over that time. So it shouldn’t take me three full weeks to get through the throwing program.”

Hill’s left shoulder (which he briefly popped out of its socket diving into third base in April) is strong enough to pitch, though he said it still bothers him when swinging a bat. Hill said there’s a chance he could need surgery during the offseason.