Hill remaining cautious with bone bruise on hand

Hill remaining cautious with bone bruise on hand

PHOENIX -- When he first was diagnosed with a bone bruise after being hit by a James McDonald pitch last Tuesday, D-backs second baseman Aaron Hill was warned by the team's training staff.

"They told me right away that bone bruises are kind of a pain in the butt because they tend to linger around," Hill said.

That has certainly been the case with Hill, who has not played since, a span of three games and four days.

"They're going off if I can swing a bat," Hill said as to what the deciding factor has been. "I don't want to say I can't, it's just not where myself or they would like it to be for me to be playing every day. I told him I'll make it through, I'll give you what I got, but it's your call."

Hill was initially in Friday's lineup before being scratched after batting practice.

"It felt fine yesterday until I was swinging," he said.

Manager Kirk Gibson said he still thinks that Hill will be able to avoid having to go on the disabled list.

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