Toronto Blue Jays infielder Aaron Hill throws during practice at the Florida Auto Exchange Stadium in Dunedin

Blue Jays activate Aaron Hill from the disabled list

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As expected, the Blue Jays have activated second baseman Aaron Hill from the 15-day disabled list in time for Sunday afternoon’s game against the Tigers. Mike McCoy was optioned back to Triple-A Las Vegas to clear a 25-man roster spot.

Hill spent a little over two weeks nursing a right hamstring injury before heading out on a minor league rehab assignment last Thursday. He played in two games at Single-A Dunedin, going 1-for-6 with a walk, an RBI, and two runs scored.

The powerful but streaky 29-year-old will return to a poor .242/.265/.290 big league batting line. He hasn’t homered in 68 plate appearances this season and has tallied just nine RBI. The Blue Jays, who currently sit four games back of the Rays and Yankees in the American League East standings, will hope that Hill can get back on track quickly.

Blue Jays expected to get both Jose Bautista and Aaron Hill back Sunday

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It sounds like Jose Bautista’s neck injury isn’t serious despite needing an MRI exam, as Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com reports that he’s “expected to ride a stationary bike today” and “will hit tomorrow” before likely rejoining the lineup Sunday.

Aaron Hill is also aiming to be in the Blue Jays’ lineup Sunday, but will need to avoid a setback with his hamstring injury while doing a brief rehab assignment at Single-A.

Hill has been on the disabled list since April 24, whereas Bautista–who leads the league in nearly every major offensive cateogry–has remained on the active roster while sitting out the past two games.

Aaron Hill hitting 15-day disabled list with hamstring issues

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According to Mike Wilner of Toronto’s FAN 590, the Blue Jays are going to place second baseman Aaron Hill on the 15-day disabled list after Sunday’s game due to tightness in his right hamstring.

The move will be made retroactive to April 20 so that the 29-year-old can return during the first week of May. Of course, that early return won’t happen unless he proves that he’s healthy.

Hill struggled with hamstring problems for a good portion of the 2010 season and was only able to play in 138 games. He still managed to hit 26 homers and has flashed great power potential throughout his career, but injuries have derailed many paths to stardom and this will be Hill’s third trip to the disabled list since 2008. The Jays are likely to rely on Mike McCoy at second base in his absence.

Hill will leave behind a .242/.265/.290 slash line. He has three doubles, no homers and nine RBI in 16 games.