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By RICH CAMPBELL
As Acta recently contemplated the top of his starting rotation, he was understandably tempted to consider the impact a healthy Hill would have.
But because of Acta's history with Hill in the Montreal organization, he knew better.
"How are we going to know unless a guy goes out there and starts 35 games? You just can't," he said. "It is a fact, him and John [Patterson] haven't been able to pitch a full season in the big leagues where you can make the right assessment about them."
And that is what really hurts Hill: the unknown, the unrealized potential. If he can't stay healthy through the entire 2008 season, his psyche would suffer the next scar.
"Ideally, I'd like to go 200-plus innings," he said. "If I can stay healthy and things go well, that would be my goal. We'll see if it happens or not."
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