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03/06/09 7:00 PM EST

Hill has right forearm inflammation

Nationals righty's elbow OK after missing spring start

VIERA, Fla. -- Nationals right-hander Shawn Hill was evaluated by Dr. James Andrews in Pensacola, Fla., on Friday afternoon, and it was determined that Hill has no structural damage to his right elbow and forearm.

Hill has inflammation in the forearm and was given anti-inflammatory medication. He should be able to resume throwing activities in several days.

Hill was scratched from Thursday's start against the Tigers because of right forearm discomfort.

Hill, who pitched one inning last Friday against the Astros, started to feel pain Sunday when he threw a bullpen session, but he didn't inform the team about the problem until Tuesday.

Hill wanted to pitch against Detroit, but Washington decided to play it safe and rest him.

Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.