The Giants released Hill on Thursday. After being designated for assignment Saturday, Hill passed through waivers and wasn't the subject of a successful trade offer, so he'll be free to latch on to another organization. Whether he does that in a fantasy-relevant role remains to be seen, following his batting only .132/.250/.235 in 80 plate appearances with the Giants.
Hill was designated for assignment by the Giants on Saturday, Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports. Hill was slashing just .132/.250/.235 in 34 games (80 plate appearances) this season, ultimately prompting the Giants to drop him from their 40-man roster. Ryder Jones had his contract purchased from Triple-A in a corresponding roster move, and will likely serve as the Giants' third baseman with Eduardo Nunez (hamstring) on the DL. Hill will likely draw some interest on waivers given his previous big-league experience.
Hill will start at third base and bat seventh Sunday against the Rockies, John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. It will be the third straight start for Hill, who has been benefiting from increased at-bats while Eduardo Nunez (hamstring) has been hurting. The Giants haven't indicated that Nunez's injury is anything more than a day-to-day concern, so unless he hits the disabled list, Hill isn't a safe bet to see regular at-bats throughout the coming week.
Hill will move back to the bench with Joe Panik (thumb) making his return to the starting lineup Wednesday against the Royals. The veteran's stretch of playing time has come to an end with Panik's return, and he will return to the bench to serve as a backup infielder. Hill went 2-for-13 while filling in at second base, so he didn't do much to make a case for more playing time.
Hill will start at second base and bat third Sunday against the Twins, Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Joe Panik (thumb) hasn't been available all weekend and isn't expected back until Tuesday's series opener with the Royals at the earliest, so Hill will check into the lineup for a third straight contest. The steady at-bats could make Hill worth a cursory look in NL-only formats, but with the veteran hitting just .178 with one home run in 52 plate appearances this season, fantasy owners in deeper mixed leagues can find a better middle-infield option.
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