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Yankees add Rich Hill as Matt Thornton replacement

Aug 5, 2014, 5:15 PM EDT

Rich Hill AP

This afternoon the Yankees declined to pull back Matt Thornton when he was claimed on waivers by the Nationals, giving away the 37-year-old left-hander. And now to replace him in the bullpen they’ve called up 34-year-old left-hander Rich Hill from Triple-A.

Thornton had a 2.55 ERA and 20/6 K/BB ratio in 25 innings, but struggled with inherited runners, never really gained the trust of manager Joe Girardi as more than a situational southpaw, and is owed $3.5 million for 2015.

Of course, Hill’s previous stint in the majors this season came with the Angels and he failed to retire any of the four batters he faced before being released. And last year he had a 6.28 ERA in 39 innings for the Indians.

So how did he convince the Yankees to call him up as Thornton’s replacement? Hill made four appearances at Triple-A, allowing zero runs and striking out 10 of the 16 batters he faced.

  1. spudchukar - Aug 5, 2014 at 5:30 PM

    This is by definition a “lateral” move.

  2. proudlycanadian - Aug 5, 2014 at 5:45 PM

    The tightwad Yankees saved money on this move. I applaud them.

  3. championshipcentral - Aug 5, 2014 at 6:19 PM

    Odd that you would use 2011 rich hill Red Sox pic.

    • scoutsaysweitersisabust - Aug 5, 2014 at 7:50 PM

      I’m just guessing here, but they probably just used what was available via the ap. It’s not like there are thousands of freely usable pictures of Rich Hill floating around. Remember, they aren’t allowed to just grab any old image off of Google. There are restrictions, and laws that restrict what is available.

  4. jfk69 - Aug 5, 2014 at 7:16 PM

    3 million and 3 years in age gained. Two third basemen added. Does Arod see a pattern here?

  5. lukedunphysscienceproject - Aug 6, 2014 at 10:52 AM

    I almost choked when I saw his ERA, then I remembered it doesn’t included runners on base when he came into the game. The guy was gasoline on a fire. Good riddance.

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