Hill arrives at Red Sox camp following son's death

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 6, 2014 at 4:51 pm •  Published: March 6, 2014
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FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Red Sox pitcher Rich Hill starts spring training with a heavy heart.

Hill reported to Boston's camp on Thursday following the death of son Brooks, who was less than 2 months old when he died on Feb. 24.

"We had a son on Dec. 26 and he was born with multiple issues that we confronted and had to deal with," Hill said.

"Unfortunately, he succumbed. He's passed. He taught us a lot of things. Unfortunately, things didn't work out," he said.

Hill got to Fort Myers on Wednesday with wife Caitlin and 2-year-old son Brice. The pitcher is looking forward to baseball's routine.

"My wife has been extremely strong," he said. "We're going to enjoy our time here and obviously make the most of the opportunity that's here to play baseball."

"Excited to be here, to be playing baseball again, and get back into the normalcy of my profession and to be around a great group of guys and to just take that next step. One-day-at-a-time approach, that's where we're at, to really enjoy every day,: he said.

An outpouring of support has helped him through the ordeal.

"Extended family, at Mass General, everybody there has been tremendous," he said. "The doctors, the nurses, and everybody who cared for our son."

A left-hander who turns 34 on Tuesday, Hill rejoined the Red Sox on Feb. 1 and is at spring training with a minor league contract. He was 2-0 with a 1.14 ERA in 40 appearances with the Red Sox from 2010-12.

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