Coming to the rescue: Shawn Hill
* RHP Shawn Hill (Georgetown, Ont.), shown here with C Jose Molina, dominated the Atlantic League play with 27 scoreless innings and with the Blue Jays struggling for pitching help quickly purchased his contract ….
By Devon Teeple
I reported late last week on former Toronto Blue Jay Shawn Hill and the dominant performances he’s been showcasing as a member of the York Revolution in the Independent Atlantic League .
Hill has put together a scoreless innings streak that has reached 27 innings and has caught the eye of numerous scouts. Now, it has been confirmed that the Blue Jays had purchased his contract from the Revolution.
With the recent string of injuries on the Jays pitching staff, they are in need of all sorts of help. Brandon Morrow is out indefinitely with an oblique strain, Drew Hutchinson is dealing with a right elbow ligament sprain, and Kyle Drabek -- a huge piece of the Roy Halladay deal –is scheduled for Tommy John surgery Tuesday for the second time and is likely out for the next 12-16 months.
Hill is also recovering from shoulder difficulties. Because of circulation issues he endured two Tommy John surgeries to go with a stem-cell procedure and radial nerve decompression. Many would give up after that, but Hill, as history has shown, has amazing resilience.
It is unknown when or where Hill will make his debut for Toronto, and it’s unknown if he will be slated in as a starter or assist a bullpen that has been over-worked at times this year? Instead of worrying about it, let’s relish in the fact that the Jays have brought in a pitcher with experience and has proven he can get major league hitters out.
Independent baseball rarely gets the press it deserves and some quality players sometimes slip through the cracks. But Hill’s story is why people play the game, and this is why determination and perseverance is second to none.