Hill relishes chance to play every day with D-backs

Hill relishes chance to play every day with D-backs

PHOENIX -- Aaron Hill is the D-backs' leader in games played this year, and the second baseman likes it that way.

On Wednesday, D-backs manager Kirk Gibson asked rookie Jake Elmore to get some pregame work in at second base. As Gibson watched Elmore taking grounders, Hill walked up to Gibson.

Said Gibson, "Aaron Hill says, 'Hey what's going on over there? What do we need him to do that for? We only need a guy over there three days a year.'"

Gibson could only chuckle at Hill's joke.

"It's his mentality," Gibson said. "He doesn't want off-days. He's very steady and consistent. His work ethic never changes. He's one of the first guys here. He loves coming to the ballpark. We had the day-night doubleheader he was excited to play in two baseball games. He was excited to do it. That's the way he looks at the game."

Hill has appeared in 138 of the D-backs' first 142 games this year, and heading into Wednesday he was hitting .297 with 22 homers and 67 RBIs to go with solid defense.

"He's kind of found his old hitting form," Gibson said. "He's simplified his swing, he's found a real comfortable spot for us there in the two-hole. He certainly doesn't ever make mistakes from lack of preparation. It's pretty amazing how steady he is for as much as he plays and how many at-bats he gets and all the work he puts in."