DETROIT — Help is on the way for the Red Sox bullpen.
Lefthanders Rich Hill and Andrew Miller are scheduled to start rehab assignments today with Single-A Greenville according to Bobby Valentine. The Drive host Lakewood at 7:05 p.m. Each will pitch an inning.
Hill is coming back from Tommy John surgery and Miller from a strained left hamstring. For pitchers, rehab assignments can last up to 30 days. So, at worst, the Red Sox project Hill to be back around May 7.
Given that he had his surgery last June 9, that's impressive.
Of interest to those of you who follow the prospects, 2011 supplemental first round pick Henry Owens will be making his pro debt tonight for Greenville after Hill and Miller are finished. The 6-foot-6 Owens is jumping out of high school to the South Atlantic League. he signed too late to play last season.