More and more people are talking about the idea of helping Shawn Hill stay healthy by moving him to the bullpen where, the theory goes, he'll have less wear and tear and be better able to stay healthy.
Here's the problem: there's very little evidence that relievers get hurt any less than starters. What we know about reliever usage is incredibly limited. Is it really harder on your arm to pitch 5-6 innings every 5-6 days on a regular routine versus pitching an inning two days in a row, and then not pitch at all for two days, and then, etc., etc. Relievers also warm up a lot and then don't get used.
Hill is by far more valuable as a starter, and we should try to use him in that role. If he can't hold up as a starter, chances are he wouldn't hold up as a reliever either. Reducing his value by converting him into a reliever doesn't make sense for him or the team.
One other thing. I seem to be reading an awful lot from people saying that they're sick and tired of Shawn Hill, blah blah blah. First of all, if you can't root for a guy like Shawn Hill, I don't know whom you root for. He's a great guy, really talented, and if you think you're tired of his injuries, think how he feels.
Second, if you wanted to call on the team to dump Hill, the time to do that was last fall when they could have non-tendered him. (I'm glad they kept him, by the way. The risk-reward is decidedly in our favor.) Complaining about him now, when we tendered him a deal, took him to the arbitration hearing, and lost, is silly. We're on the hook for his $775,000 this year. Just root for him and be happy with what you get.