Hill To DL; Gregorius Called Up

By J. Levi Burnfin

The Diamondbacks took another injury hit today. Second baseman Aaron Hill was placed on the 15-day DL with a fracture in his left hand that he suffered after being hit in the hand in a game against the Pirates on April 9.

In a corresponding move, the D’backs have activated top prospect Didi Gregoriusto replace Hill on the roster. Nick Piecoro, of Azcentral Sports, reported that manager Kirk Gibson expects Hill to miss 4-6 weeks with the injury.

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Hill was originally diagnosed with a bone bruise after the hit-by-pitch, missing the next two games before pinch hitting on April 13 and starting Sunday’s game but only lasting four innings. A sore wrist was said to be the culprit for that early removal.

Gregorius was acquired in the trade that sent top pitching prospect Trevor Bauer to Cleveland. Gregorius is known for an outstanding glove at shortstop that perhaps outshines his bat.

Though, Gregorius is off to a hot start in hitting-heaven triple-A Reno. He’s hitting .387 with a .424 OBP and a .645 slugging, scoring seven times with two home runs. Gregorius has been recovering from an injury of his own, an elbow injury that prevented him from playing the field until yesterday.

It’s unclear if Didi will play everyday for the D’backs or even where he will play. The D’backs have several options: sliding Gregorius into second to replace Hill, moving Cliff Pennington to second and Gregorius will take over short, or even moving Martin Prado to second and having Eric Chavez in the everyday lineup.

Hill was hitting .306 with two home runs and getting on base at a .405 clip for the D’backs in 42 plate appearances this season.