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By BRENDAN McGAIR
PAWTUCKET â As he walked out of McCoy Stadium Monday night, Rich Hill mapped out what the next few days will cover as far as the left relieverâs rehab schedule.
Carrying a Red Sox equipment bag, Hill mentioned that heâll workout in Boston Tuesday and Wednesday before rejoining the PawSox Thursday in Charlotte where the primary focus will be pitching on consecutive days.
Hillâs outing Monday with the PawSox was the definition of smooth sailing. The 32-year-old required all of eight pitches (six strikes) in setting down the Rochester Red Wings in order in the seventh. Hill retired the first hitter on one pitch before striking out the next hitter â lefty Chris Parmelee â on four pitches. The final out was a grounder to second, coming on the third pitch of the sequence.
âWe were trying to get him to face a challenging lefty in Parmelee and it worked out that way,â said PawSox manager Arnie Beyeler following his clubâs 9-6 loss to the Red Wings.
Said Hill, whoâs been sidelined since early June with an elbow strain: âEverything felt great. Just pitch with conviction, stay aggressive and thatâs it.â
Asked about the dismissal of Bob McClure as Bostonâs pitching coach, Hill offered, âHe was great. He taught me a couple of things during spring training and we had some talks about going about the business of attacking hitters. I wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors wherever that might be.â
Jose Iglesias was a full participant during batting practice Monday afternoon. About half an hour before the 7:05 first pitch, a new lineup was issued in which Iglesiasâ name was omitted. The late scratch stems from Iglesiasâ slide into home plate Sunday as it was clear he was favoring his left ankle later in the game.
âHe had a little bruise on his leg and just didnât feel like he could go,â was the explanation Beyeler offered.
Another member of Pawtucketâs walking wounded is J.C. Linares. According to Beyeler, the outfielder suffered a broken finger â the result of a swing Sunday in which the ball hit his right thumb.
âItâs kind of a wait-and-see deal. It could be 3-5 days or a little more than that âŠ weâll just see how it goes,â Beyeler said.