Hilliard is out of the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Giants, Patrick Lyons of TheDNVR.com reports. After sitting against lefty Alex Wood in Monday's series opener, the lefty-hitting Hilliard now finds himself on the bench versus a righty (Alex Cobb). Hilliard's lowly .169/.282/.323 slash line on the season appears to have cost him a large-side platoon role in the outfield, and playing time could be even harder to come by for the 28-year-old by the weekend, when Kris Bryant (back) is likely to return from the 10-day injured list.
Hilliard is out of the lineup for Monday's game against the Giants, Patrick Saunders of The Denver Post reports. Hilliard will take a seat after he went 3-for-16 with a pair of home runs, a stolen base and seven RBI while starting each of the last five games. Despite those solid counting stats, Hilliard is still hitting .169 on the season and looks more likely than the hot-hitting Yonathan Daza to move into a reserve role once Kris Bryant (back) is ready to return from the 10-day injured list.
Hilliard went 1-for-2 with a home run, a walk, two total runs and four total RBI in a 10-4 victory versus the Royals on Saturday. Hilliard capped a big third inning for the Rockies with his three-run shot to right field. The long ball was the second in as many days for Hilliard after he failed to go deep in his first 55 at-bats of the season. Prior to Friday, he was mired in a massive slump during which he went 3-for-40 with 14 strikeouts over 14 games.
Hilliard went 2-for-4 with a solo home run, a walk, a stolen base and two RBI against Kansas City on Friday. Hilliard drove in his first run of the game on a single in the second inning, and he proceeded to immediately steal his second base of the campaign. He followed that up by recording his first home run of the season in the eighth frame. So long as Kris Bryant (back) is sidelined, Hilliard should get regular at-bats against right-handed pitching. However, his production hasn't been noteworthy, as he's managed just a .169/.286/.288 line with six RBI and five runs scored across 70 plate appearances.
Hilliard isn't starting Monday against the Giants, Danielle Allentuck of The Denver Gazette reports. Hilliard started in the last four games and went 0-for-11 with a run, a stolen base, two walks and four strikeouts. He'll get a breather with left-hander Carlos Rodon starting for the Giants while Yonathan Daza, Garrett Hampson and Randal Grichuk start in the outfield from left to right.
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