Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher for the World Series Game 2, Rich Hill, speaks to reporters in a press conference before Game 1 of the World Series against the Houston Astros on October 24 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, Calif. Photo by Lori Shepler/UPI | License Photo
May 22 (UPI) -- Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Rich Hill urinated on his middle finger to help solve a blister issue, but this isn't the first time he chose a urinary solution.
The treatment was among several the 14-year veteran tried to get back on the mound. He received laser therapy and chugged apple cider vinegar in addition to the less orthodox avenue of healing, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Hill left his start against the Washington Nationals on Sunday after just two pitches due to the blister on his left middle finger. He has gone on the disabled list several times during his career with blister problems.
"I'll try anything at this point," Hill told the Times.
The Dodgers starter is expected to miss about a month because of the ailment and is on the 10-day disabled list. Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw is also on the disabled list due to left biceps tendinitis.
"It's going to be a few weeks for certain," Dodgers manager Dave Roberts told MLB.com about Hill. "It's fair to say -- four weeks is fair to get back on a Major League mound."
Hill, 38, revealed in 2016 that he urinated on his hand to try and heal the blisters.
"You know, you pee on it," Hill told reporters in 2016. "You might as well try it, right? I was desperate to do anything at that time."
Several other Major League Baseball players have also taken up the practice, including Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Jameson Taillon. Former players Moses Alou and Jorge Posada also admitted to the 'treatment,' doing so to harden the skin on their hands because they didn't wear batting gloves.
"I said if it helps, I'll put a sign-up sheet and everyone can come and pee," Taillon told reporters Sunday, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
"I don't care. I just want it to go away."
Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Jameson Taillon (50) throws in the first inning against the Minnesota Twins on April 2 at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pa. Photo by Archie Carpenter/UPI
Hill is 1-2 this season with a 6.20 ERA in six starts. He posted a 12-8 record last season, with a 3.32 ERA for the Dodgers.
The veteran southpaw had stints with the Chicago Cubs, Baltimore Orioles, Boston Red Sox, Cleveland Indians, Los Angeles Angels, New York Yankees and Oakland Athletics, before joining the Dodgers in 2016. He is making $16.6 million this season.
Hill said he plans to proposition Major League Baseball to allow him to pitch with tape on the finger.