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Aaron Hill no sure thing to be ready for Opening Day

Mar 23, 2011, 2:48 PM EDT

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Aaron Hill returned from a quadriceps injury to make his spring training debut yesterday, but afterward expressed some doubt about his status for Opening Day:

It was good to get out there and see what I’ve got. I can play but it’s going to be their decision. Hopefully it will be fine by then but it will be their decision if they want to go forward with me being at 80, 90 percent. It is better for the long run to not be stupid, I guess.

Mike Rutsey of the Toronto Sun reports that Hill “moved at half speed coming out of the box and three-quarters speed in the infield” during yesterday’s game, and he also went 0-for-3 at the plate.

Assuming he can get healthy relatively soon Hill is a good bet for a big bounceback season, as his dreadful .205 batting average was due largely to an unsustainably awful mark on balls in play and he still managed to smack 26 homers in 528 at-bats.

  1. cur68 - Mar 23, 2011 at 4:34 PM

    Damnit Gleeman! Stop doing this! Write the damn article like this; “He’s fine. He’ll play. He’ll more than bounce back, he’ll just kill it.”
    I need to lie down….

  2. proudlycanadian - Mar 23, 2011 at 5:17 PM

    Management told him to take it easy in his first start. He was following orders. He play in game 1.

  3. proudlycanadian - Mar 23, 2011 at 7:55 PM

    Hill hit a run scoring double off the wall in the 4th inning off Hughes tonight. He looks fine.

    • cur68 - Mar 23, 2011 at 8:06 PM

      woo-hoo! yes he does!

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