PHOENIX -- With each passing day, D-backs second baseman Aaron Hill loses a little more patience with his left hand.
Hill has been on the disabled list since April 14 after suffering a small fracture on the top of the hand.
The healing process has taken longer than expected, and Hill is set to see a doctor once again early next week. If it has healed enough, Hill will then begin a strengthening program.
"Same old stuff," Hill said when asked for an update. "Yeah it's frustrating, because I want to play. It's what I'm supposed to do. It's what I love to do."
Hill comes to the ballpark every day while the team is at home and watches the games from the dugout. While the D-backs are on the road, he goes by the team's Salt River Fields complex for treatment, which means he gets to spend more time than usual with his family during the summer.
"As I've gotten older, I always try to find the positive in things," Hill said. "I'm getting to see my little girl grow up every day, which is awesome for me, but at the same time, I want to be on the field. I see these guys having a blast, and I'm like, 'Man, I want to be out there.'"
Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Inside the D-backs, and follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.