January 22, 2021

reliever

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Indians reliever Cam Hill shared on social media Tuesday that he underwent surgery on his right wrist after he was involved in a car accident in Tulsa, Okla.



a baseball player is getting ready to pitch the ball: Cleveland Indians pitcher Cam Hill pitches against the Chicago White Sox in the ninth inning of game two of a double header at Progressive Field.


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Cleveland Indians pitcher Cam Hill pitches against the Chicago White Sox in the ninth inning of game two of a double header at Progressive Field.

Hill, a right-handed pitcher, posted that only his wrist was injured, and that everybody else involved in the crash is “okay.”

Dr. Brian Chalkin, a hand specialist in Tulsa, performed the surgery, addressing an injury to Hill’s lunate bone which is located in the mid-carpal joint, according to the Indians. The club said surgery went “as expected” and there are no details yet on a rehab or return to play timeframe.

“Looking forward to the challenge of getting back and ready for the beginning of the 2021 season,” Hill shared on Instagram, along with a post-op photo and two pictures of a badly-damaged car.

Hill, 26, broke through with the Indians in 2020 after six years in the minors. The 17th-round pick in 2014 was 2-0 with a 4.91 ERA and 16 strikeouts in 18 games after pitching his way onto the opening day roster during summer training camp.

Hill earned his first career save in his third outing on July 28 against the White Sox, snagging a flip at the bag from first baseman Carlos Santana before tumbling to the ground for the final out of a 5-3 Indians win.

He made one postseason appearance, allowing three earned runs in a Wild Card Series Game 1 loss to the Yankees, including a pair of home runs to Brett Gardner and Giancarlo Stanton.

It’s not Hill’s first experience going under the knife. He had reconstructive surgery on his right elbow in July 2018 after suffering a forearm strain in spring training. Undaunted, Hill characterized the Tommy John surgery as just a “minor setback.”

“That’s kind of how I looked at it,” Hill said. “I didn’t want it to derail the training and the path I was on. I was trying not to let it interfere. Since I got drafted, the goal wasn’t to get drafted and just play professional baseball. The goal was to be a big-leaguer and sustain a career. So now I got my foot in the door and I just have to take it one day at a time and see how this plays out.”

Several of Hill’s teammates and friends from the Indians organization wished the righty a speedy recovery via social media, including Daniel Johnson, Tyler Freeman and Mitch Longo.

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