Revs lose Hill to Blue Jays, sign his former teammate with Nationals Matt Chico
(Read the official release from the team after the jump):
During the last home stand, word was out Shawn Hill was recovered from injury and pitching well for the Revolution…so well that he didn’t allow a run in the final 27 and two-thirds innings pitched over his final five starts with the club. The Texas Rangers and the Boston Red Sox each had personnel in town to see him pitch. The Seattle Mariners were also asking when his next start would be. But as it turns out, Hill will head back to familiar surroundings for a team in dire need.
It was a gruesome week for the Toronto Blue Jays pitching staff, as they lost three starters long-term from June 12 to June 16, shelving Brandon Morrow, Kyle Drabek and Drew Hutchison on the 15-Day DL. Morrow has an oblique strain, while Drabek and Hutchison have more serious elbow sprains. There’s a great chance any or all of the injuries are more serious and will require a longer DL stint.
So in a flash, Toronto was in sore need of organizational pitching depth, having to recall players from Triple-A in a hurry. As players shuttle from Triple-A Las Vegas to Toronto, Hill will go from York to Las Vegas, one step away from the Major Leagues with an injury riddled pitching staff. I always say this when the Revs have a guy promoted to Triple-A; but if Hill continues like he has been, a promotion to the Majors and a return to Toronto may not be out of the question. It would be quite a story for Hill, who after missing all of the 2011 season due to injury, last pitched in the big leagues with the Jays in 2010 making four starts, and also made five starts for Las Vegas that season as well. And of course, not only is Hill a native Canadian, but from Ontario as well.
Lefty Matt Chico will take Hill’s spot in the rotation, and as coincidence would have it, those two were big league teammates in 2008, each starting for the Washington Nationals.
The two-time defending Atlantic League Champion York Revolution has announced the contract of starting pitcher Shawn Hill has been purchased by the Toronto Blue Jays. The transaction makes Hill the third arm from the Revolution staff to join a Major League Organization this season. Reliever Ian Thomas joined the Atlanta Braves on May 17, and starter Ryan Feierabend inked a deal with the Cincinnati Reds on June 5.
Hill’s time in York was relatively brief, but the right-hander made a tremendous impact. Once Hill became a regular in the Revolution starting rotation, he did not allow a run in the final 27 and two-thirds innings he pitched in a York uniform, over his final five starts for the club.
The Mississauga, Ontario native will begin his second tour of duty with the franchise of his Province. Toronto was the most recent organization Hill pitched for, before an injury cost him all of the 2011 season. In Hill’s most recent Major League time he was quite impressive for the Blue Jays, tossing 20 and two-thirds innings in 2010 in four starts posting a 2.61 ERA. Hill is a veteran of 44 MLB games (all starts) between 2004 and 2010 with Montreal/Washington, San Diego and Toronto.
Hill has also been a significant part of the Canadian National Team, in both Olympic and Pan-Am Games play. He’s one of just four native Canadians to play for both the Montreal Expos and Toronto Blue Jays in the Majors, and is now in his 11th professional season.
Hill will be replaced in the Revolution rotation by left-hander Matt Chico. Chico was signed to a contract on Sunday, June 17 after beginning the season with the New Jersey Jackals of the Can-Am Association. Coincidentally, Chico and Hill were Major League teammates in 2008 with the Washington Nationals. That season Hill made 12 starts for the Nats, while Chico appeared 11 times for D.C., notching eight starts. Chico is in his 10th professional season, and has 43 MLB appearances and 40 starts under his belt, all for Washington between 2007 and 2010.