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.
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BRIGHTON, Mass – The Bruins held an optional morning skate on Tuesday morning at Warrior Ice Arena with little more than a handful of B’s players skating, but the most important player to Boston success, Tuukka Rask, was taking part after missing practice on Monday.
Rask missed Monday’s practice session while getting checked out medically following his exit from Sunday’s loss to Pittsburgh due to vision issues. He said on Tuesday that it was all related to migraines that have cropped up a couple of times in his NHL career. The Bruins No. 1 netminder also said he was good to play on Tuesday night against the Red Wings with just a couple of home games left until this weekend’s All-Star break.
That was the kind of good news embattled coach Claude Julien was looking for as Boston looks to end its season-worst, four-game losing streak.
“We’ve got good news so far, so that’s nice to see,” Julien said of Rask, who has started 13 of Boston’s past 14 games dating to a Dec. 27 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets. “Obviously it was because of the migraines, so hopefully we won’t see much more of that.”
In other Black and Gold health news, both Colin Miller and Kevan Miller have been cleared to play, and are expected to rejoin the B’s lineup with John-Michael Liles and Joe Morrow headed for healthy scratches. Here are the projected Bruins line combos and D-pairings as the Red Wings arrive for a divisional tilt after a shootout loss for Boston last week at Joe Louis Arena:
K. Miller-C. Miller