Starting pitcher Shawn Hill signed, roster move coming
On Thursday the organization announced the signing of right-handed starting pitcher Shawn Hill. Hill will be active this weekend as the Revolution take on the Bridgeport Bluefish in a three-game series at Sovereign Bank Stadium. His first start for the club and the corresponding roster move are both to be announced.
Hill made 37 of his 44 career Major League starts for the Montreal/Washington franchise between 2004 and 2008. He last appeared in the Majors with the Toronto Blue Jays in 2010, making four starts and posting an impressive 2.61 ERA in 20.2 innings. Hill is one of four native Canadians to play for both Montreal and Toronto in the Majors. He hails from Mississauga, Ontario and suited up for Team Canada in the 2011 Pan-Am Games, and also pitched for Canada during the 2004 Olympics in Athens.
Over a year ago, Hill was with the then Florida Marlins in spring training, when a complaint of soreness in his pitching elbow led to an examination. The soreness was due to a circulation problem, and as a result Hill was forced to have a rib removed, which ended his 2011 season before it began.
Hill, 31, is beginning his 11th professional season and first in the Atlantic League. His most impressive extended MLB time came in 2007 with Washington, when he carried a 3.42 ERA through 16 starts and 97.1 innings. He has 151 strikeouts in 239 career Major League innings pitched.
A sixth round draft pick of the Montreal Expos in 2000, Hill debuted as a professional that year, reaching the Majors at age 23 for the Expos in 2004 (three starts), before the franchise relocated to Washington, D.C. the following year. He also made three starts for the San Diego Padres in 2009.