Hill to undergo surgery on left shoulder
Procedure comes weeks after operation on right arm, elbow
WASHINGTON -- Right-hander Shawn Hill will undergo surgery on his left shoulder in Birmingham, Ala., on Thursday morning. Dr. James Andrews will perform the procedure.
The news comes a few weeks after Hill had surgery on his right forearm and elbow. The radial nerve in the forearm was decompressed, and scar tissue was taken out of the elbow.
Hill injured his left shoulder running the bases in April, and it grew worse a couple of weeks later when he tried to make a play at first base. The injury put his mechanics out of whack, and he ended up hurting the right elbow. Hill went on the disabled list and didn't pitch for three months.
When he returned to action on Aug. 14, he still experienced shoulder and elbow discomfort.
But through it all, Hill managed to make 16 starts and go 4-5 with a 3.42 ERA.
In other news, the Nationals still have not made an official announcement about the coaching staff, but everyone is expected to be back for the 2008 season. General manager Jim Bowden said recently that he and manager Manny Acta are on the same page regarding the staff.
Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.