Hill satisfied with progress during spring training


Hill satisfied with progress during spring training

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Reliever Rich Hill has thrown two live batting practice sessions already, with a third one scheduled for Wednesday and is satisfied with his progress as he continues to rehab from Tommy John surgery last June.

"Everything felt like one piece going to the plate, all together,'' said Hill of his last session. "Arm, body, mechanically . . . so it was good.''

Hill mixed in his changeup and curve with his fastball over 25 pitches.

As part of his rehab, one the decisions Hill has made is to stay with the low three-quarter delivery. It's not quite sidearm, but the angle is such that it's still a challenge for lefthanded hitters attempting to pick up his delivery.

Hill is unsure whether he'll get into an exhibition game -- either major league or minor league -- before the Red Sox break camp on April 2.

"Obviously, that would be another step,'' he said. "I don't know if it would be a game on the back field or a regular spring training game. But everything feels good and to be able to get into a game would be one of those stepping stones.''

He has set the beginning of May as a goal for his return to the big leagues.