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.
Hill is being used primarily as a pinch-hitter since his activation from the disabled list May 27.
The veteran infielder has started just two of the Giants' last 10 contests. Hill's positional versatility will earn him the occasional start against a southpaw, but his .162/.279/.270 slash line in 43 plate appearances limits his value even as a potential short-schedule daily option.
Hill (forearm) was activated from the DL on Friday.
Hill is ready to return to action following a month-long absence due to a forearm strain, after completing an eight-game minor-league rehab assignment. He will not immediately slot into the lineup Friday, but Hill should see occasional time between left field, second base and third base moving forward.
Manager Bruce Bochy confirmed Hill (forearm) is expected to return from the disabled list sometime before June, Alec Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
Hill is nearing a return to the big club as he has already played in seven minor-league rehab games. It's unclear when exactly Hill will rejoin the Giants, though Bochy said it would be sometime during the team's next homestand, which runs from May 26-31.
Hill (forearm) will open a rehab assignment with High-A San Jose on Tuesday, Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
Hill isn't likely to need more than two or three games in the minors, so he's still on pace to return by the weekend or soon after. The Giants embark on a seven-game road trip on Friday, so in an ideal world, Hill will be able to make his return by then.
Hill (forearm) will begin a rehab assignment soon, Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
There have yet to be any details regarding which affiliate the Giants will send Hill to, but more information will be known as the assignment approaches. Once Hill is back in full health, he'll add depth to San Francisco's infield.
Hill is scheduled to get another MRI on his forearm, Andrew Baggarly of The Mercury News reports.
Hill has been working his way back from a forearm injury in extended spring training, though his lack of progress has prompted the Giants to send him for a precautionary MRI. He still remains without a timetable for return.
Hill was placed on the 10-day DL with a right forearm strain, John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Christian Arroyo, the Giants' top prospect, was called up to fill Hill's spot on the roster for the time being. It's currently unclear how long Hill will be sidelined with the injury, though the Giants should update his status once more is known. Hill is slashing just .120/.241/.240 through 12 games, so this loss isn't too impactful for fantasy purposes.
Hill will start in left field and lead off for the Giants in Wednesday's game against the Royals, Alex Pavlovic of CSN Bay Area reports.
Manager Bruce Bochy will give struggling veteran Denard Span the night off with left-hander Jason Vargas twirling for the Royals, opening up the leadoff spot for Hill, who projects to see a good portion of his at-bats against southpaws this season. A career .267/.333/.431 hitter versus lefties, Hill could make for a decent low-cost DFS option for the Wednesday slate.
Hill is starting in left field and hitting second Friday in San Diego, the San Francisco Chronicle's Henry Schulman reports.
It seems like Hill is playing his way into a legitimate role early in the season, as he will bat in a prominent position in the lineup despite the fact that the Giants are facing righty Luis Perdomo. Look for him to continue to see several starts each week, seeing time in the infield and in left field, as long as he continues to hold his own at the plate.
Hill got the start Thursday, going 1-for-3 with a solo home run in a loss to the Diamondbacks.
The veteran infielder got a spot start at second base with a left-handed starter on the mound, a situation that could arise once or twice a week. Manager Bruce Bochy moved Hill to left field (a position he has never played in the majors) in an effort to expand his role as a utility player, but the 35-year-old misplayed a ball that directly led to more runs for the Diamondbacks, so it is unclear how many more opportunities he will get in the outfield. For now, Hill's value will be limited to punt plays in daily fantasy formats on days where he is in the lineup.
The Giants purchased Hill's contract from Triple-A Sacramento on Sunday.
A non-roster invitee at Giants camp, Hill is expected to work in a utility role for the team this season, primarily offering relief at second base, third base and shortstop. The 35-year-old proved capable when called upon in 2016 during stints with the Brewers and Red Sox, but he'll remain largely off the fantasy radar unless an injury forces him into a full-time role.
With Jimmy Rollins being told that he won't make the Opening Day roster Tuesday, Hill figures to have made the cut as one of the Giants' backup infielders, according to Alex Pavlovic of CSN Bay Area.
While nothing is official, the fact that the Giants are opting to keep the veteran infielder on the roster past Tuesday's deadline for a $100,000 retention bonus signals that they view him as a part of the Opening Day roster. Hill's versatility to back up several positions in the infield, as well as his ability to play the outfield in a pinch, makes him a logical choice for a bench role. The 35-year-old batted .255 (12-for-47) this spring, but he won't generate much fantasy value as a backup.
Hill got a rare start in left field Monday, going 0-for-3 in a spring training win over the White Sox.
The non-roster invitee is fighting for a backup role on the 25-man roster. Monday's start in left field (his first appearance since his college days) adds to Hill's flexibility and increases his odds at making the cut. The 35-year-old's primary value as a backup would be his ability to play three infield spots, but being able to spell expected left field starter Jarrett Parker against southpaws makes him a good fit for the team.
Hill started at shortstop and went 1-for-3 with a double, an RBI and a run scored in Monday's spring training win over the Indians.
The soon-to-be 35-year-old is swinging a hot bat in early Cactus League action (.333/.375/.400 in 16 plate appearances). He was brought in on a minor league contract, but he could play his way onto the major league roster as a utility infielder. Kelby Tomlinson and Jimmy Rollins are the top candidates to win the final utility infield role out of camp, but Hill has definitely thrown his hat into the race.
Hill agreed to a minor league deal with the Giants, FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports.
The deal likely includes an invite to spring training, with San Francisco throwing a dart on Hill's defensive versatility and sometimes useful bat for the backup infielder competition. Over recent years, the power and speed Hill displayed in several great seasons have eroded. Turning 35 before the start of this season, his biggest utility most likely would come as a playing time compiler if he can land a sustained opportunity. Even with his decline, he could carry value as a rental in deep mixed leagues.
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