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Red Sox reserving judgment with Hill

Red Sox reserving judgment with Hill

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Left-handed reliever Rich Hill worked a scoreless relief appearance Friday. And, although the Red Sox made a couple of strange plays in the field behind him, Hill remains unscored upon after three outings this spring.

The 33-year-old Hill, who signed a Minor League contract with the Red Sox in January, was late in reporting to camp because of the death of his newborn son.

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Although it appears unlikely he will catch up in time to make the Opening Day roster, he could definitely be a factor in the Red Sox bullpen as the season progresses.

"He's come through a personal tragedy," manager John Farrell said. "We just want him to get comfortable.
"He came into camp, and he was in the bullpen throwing powerful and he's probably going through a dead-arm period trying to ramp up his innings which you fully expect starting late. So we're reserving some judgment there."

Hill pitched for the Red Sox from 2010-12, but was limited by an array of injuries. He spent last season with the Cleveland Indians, where he was 1-2 with a 6.48 ERA in 63 games.

Jim Hawkins is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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