Hill (shoulder) began a rehab assignment at Low-A Lakeland over the weekend, appearing in games Saturday and Sunday while going 3-for-10 with a double.
Hill served as a designated hitter for both contests, so the Tigers will presumably want to see him play close to a full game in center field at the minor-league level before he's reinstated from the injured list. Prior to being shut down with the sprained right shoulder, Hill had emerged as the Tigers' primary option in center field, but his path to regular at-bats could be closed by the time he's ready to return. Akil Baddoo and Daz Cameron have been picking up most of the work in center of late, while Robbie Grossman and Nomar Mazara typically occupy the corner spots.
The Tigers placed Hill on the 10-day injured list Thursday with a right shoulder sprain.
The 25-year-old picked up the injury when he collided with the outfield wall while making a spectacular catch in Wednesday's win over the Mariners. The injury comes at a particularly inconvenient time for Hill, who had started five straight games while going 3-for-11 with three stolen bases. Akil Baddoo and the newly recalled Daz Cameron will likely form a platoon in center field while Hill is on the shelf.
Hill was removed from Wednesday's game against the Mariners with a right shoulder sprain he sustained from crashing into the outfield wall, Jason Beck of MLB.com reports.
Hill made a great running catch in center, but he was shaken up after his right shoulder made contact with the wall. Akil Baddoo entered the game to replace Hill. It's unclear how much time Hill will miss, or if he'll require a trip to the injured list.
Hill went 2-for-3 with a run scored, an RBI and a stolen base in Tuesday's 5-3 win over the Mariners.
Appearing in his sixth game of the season, Hill delivered his first multi-hit performance. The team recently designated JaCoby Jones for assignment, so there's an opportunity for Hill to earn more regular playing time in center field. His primary competition at the moment seems to be Akil Baddoo, and neither player has a particularly lengthy MLB track record, so they could each get some time for the rebuilding Tigers. Hill provides his most value on the defensive end, but he won't hesitate to run when he reaches base. He's already gone 3-for-4 on stolen-base attempts since his June 3 call-up from Triple-A Toledo.
Hill was recalled by the Tigers on Thursday.
Hill saw action in two games for the Tigers in late April but struck out in his lone plate appearance. The 25-year-old has looked good in 21 Triple-A games this season, hitting .355/.417/.526 with two homers and four steals. He'll likely fill a bench role during his time with the team. Victor Reyes (intercostal) was placed on the injured list in a corresponding move.
Hill was returned to the alternate site after Thursday's doubleheader against the White Sox.
Hill was recalled as the 27th man and entered as a pinch runner in the latter contest. This was his first stint with the big-league club this season, and he figures to serve primarily as organizational depth in the outfield throughout the campaign.
Hill was recalled from the Tigers' alternate training site ahead of Thursday's doubleheader against the White Sox.
Hill was named the 27th man for Thursday's doubleheader, so he'll likely return to the alternate training site after the twin bill. The 25-year-old appeared in 15 games for the Tigers last year and went 1-for-11 with three runs and a 1:6 BB:K.
Hill was optioned to the alternate training site after Wednesday's doubleheader against the Pirates.
Hill was recalled as the 27th man for the twin bill and made his first appearance of the season as a defensive replacement during the nightcap. Hill figures to be in the mix for another promotion when Detroit needs outfield depth later in the season.
The Tigers recalled Hill from their alternate training site prior to the second game of Wednesday's doubleheader with the Pirates.
He'll be designated as the 27th man and will most likely be headed back to the alternate site following the twin bill. Hill brings elite defense in center field, but he struggled at the plate in his first taste of the big leagues in 2020, going 1-for-11 with six strikeouts.
Hill was optioned to Triple-A Toledo on Tuesday.
Hill had been competing for at most a bench spot in the Tigers' outfield. He has good speed and a solid glove but hasn't been much of a threat at the plate throughout his professional career, posting a career .243/.313/.349 line in the minors before going 1-for-11 with six strikeouts in his brief big-league debut last season.
Detroit manager A.J. Hinch has been impressed with Hill's performance during spring training, Jason Beck of MLB.com reports.
The 2014 first-round pick is known more for his defense, but he's slashing a solid .308/.400/.462 so far in Grapefruit League play. "We know what we're going to get defensively. We know he's going to run the bases," Hinch said. "The offensive production, it's been good." Hill is still likely a long shot to make the Opening Day roster with the likes of JaCoby Jones, Robbie Grossman, Victor Reyes, Nomar Mazara and Akil Baddoo all around. However, Hill could be a call-up option at some point this season if he continues to hit.
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.
While Hill is unlikely to make the Tigers' Opening Day roster, he has been impressing the coaching staff with his speed and defensive play during summer camp, Evan Woodbery of MLive.com reports.
Hill is known as a strong defender and he's been showcasing that so far, making a number of tough catches during intrasquad play. The Tigers have the likes of Victor Reyes, JaCoby Jones, Cameron Maybin and Christin Stewart in the mix for outfield playing time, but Hill is a former first-round pick, so there's definitely some potential there. He could work his way into some playing time, particularly if Jones (oblique) ends up missing a significant amount of time, or if any other outfielders miss time during the season.
Hill, who is part of the Tigers' 60-man player pool, could be the next man up in center field if a need arises, Cody Stavenhagen of The Athletic reports.
Hill was expected to spend most of 2020 at Triple-A Toledo after spending last year with Double-A Erie, but he won't get that opportunity with the minor-league season officially canceled. The 24-year-old will now provide outfield depth at the MLB level, and because of his strong defensive ability, he could get a look if the likes of JaCoby Jones or Victor Reyes are inactive at any point due to injury or illness.
Hill was optioned to Triple-A Toledo on Tuesday, Jason Beck of MLB.com reports.
He has yet to play at Triple-A, so Hill will likely spend the bulk of the season with the Mud Hens. However, if he holds his own, he could make his big-league debut this summer as he is the best defensive center fielder in the organization.
Hill was added to the Tigers' 40-man roster on Wednesday, Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press reports.
This protects him from the Rule 5 draft. One of the best defensive center fielders in the minors, Hill missed significant time due to injuries earlier in his career, so he is not quite ready for the big leagues. He hit .255/.333/.431 with two home runs and six steals in 51 at-bats in the Arizona Fall League. He should spend most of his age-24 season at Triple-A and could make his big-league debut in the second half if he is holding his own.
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|06/06||@ CHW||L 0-3||2||0||0||0||0||1||1|
|06/05||@ CHW||W 4-3||3||0||1||0||0||0||1|
|06/04||@ CHW||L 8-9||3||1||0||0||0||1||0|
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|2015||AFX-West Michigan Whitec||53||210||33||50||6||5||0||16||20||44||25||7||.238||.305||.314|
|2017||R-GCL Tigers West||14||49||11||8||1||1||1||7||10||15||7||0||.163||.300||.286|
|2017||AFX-West Michigan Whitec||35||144||28||41||8||6||1||21||16||38||12||5||.285||.367||.444|
|2017||AFA-Lakeland Flying Tige||9||31||3||6||1||0||0||2||5||10||10||0||.194||.324||.226|
|2018||AFA-Lakeland Flying Tige||106||343||45||82||9||3||4||33||33||109||35||12||.239||.307||.318|