OAKLAND (CBS SPORTS) — Rich Hill’s return to the Athletics rotation did not last long. Hill made his first start since July 7 on Sunday afternoon, and he lasted only five pitches due to an ongoing blister issue on his pitching hand.

Although he was not placed on the DL, the blister forced Hill to miss final start of the first half last Friday. He missed a little more than a month with a groin strain earlier this season as well. All told, Hill has made two starts (12 innings) since May 29 due to the groin and blister problems.

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Hill, 36, went into Friday’s start with a 2.25 ERA (185 ERA+) and 90 strikeouts in 76 innings this season. He’s on a one-year deal worth $6 million, and with the A’s out of contention, Hill figured to be a prime piece of trade bait at the deadline. Heck, he might be the top pitcher on the market now that Drew Pomeranz has been dealt.

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