Hill remains out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Royals. Hill has appeared in nine games since his Sept. 2 callup, but he's still waiting to make his first MLB start. The Tigers appear content to use him mainly as a late-inning defensive replacement or pinch runner, as he showed little aptitude as a hitter during his time in the minors.
Hill isn't starting Wednesday against the Brewers. Hill received his first major-league callup Wednesday to replace JaCoby Jones (hand) on the active roster, but he won't be in the lineup for the series finale against the Brewers. Victor Reyes will take over in center field with Jorge Bonifacio starting in right field.
Manager Ron Gardenhire said Wednesday in an appearance on 97.1 The Ticket Detroit that Hill will be called up from the team's alternate training site ahead of the Tigers' game against the Brewers. Hill will move up to the big club to replace JaCoby Jones, who looks set to miss the rest of the regular season after fracturing his hand in Tuesday's 12-1 win. A first-round pick in the 2014 first-year player draft, Hill's bat hasn't developed as the Tigers had hoped, but the speedy 24-year-old profiles as an above-average defender in center field. Given Hill's limitations as a hitter, the Tigers may prefer to use him as a late-inning defensive replacement in center field for Victor Reyes, who could shift over from right to make starts in Jones' stead. On the occasions Hill cracks the lineup, expect him to bat near the bottom of the order and provide little in terms of fantasy value other than the occasional stolen base.
Hill (knee) was not included on the Tigers' 30-man Opening Day roster. Hill had an impressive summer camp, but after injuring his knee in an intrasquad game a week ago, he won't be on the Opening Day roster. The 24-year-old could make his MLB debut at some point this year once he's healthy.
Hill left Detroit's intrasquad game Thursday with left knee soreness, Evan Woodbery of MLive.com reports. Hill has been having an impressive camp and has taken advantage of increased playing time while Travis Demeritte and JaCoby Jones have been injured. The 24-year-old will continue to push toward making his major-league debut in 2020, but he needs to avoid any extended time off in order to earn that opportunity.
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