Orioles: Hill on hill early
Newly acquired pitcher Rich Hill (right) was out on the practice mound at 8:30 a.m. today, getting in some extra work with pitching coach Rick Kranitz and bullpen coach Alan Dunn. The Orioles are hoping that reuniting Hill with two coaches he has worked with earlier in his career will help him get past some serious control issues.
Hill told Jeff Zrebiec he already feels like he's made progress because of the relationship, and that the bullpen session was very encouraging. Kranitz has spent a lot of personal time around him, also, trying to keep him relaxed and loose.
Though Hill claims his control problems are rooted in a back injury that dogged him last year, it seems apparent that there are some mechanical issues Kranitz and Dunn are trying to correct. If they succeed, he could be a key addition to the pitching staff and open the season as the No. 3 starter.
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