Hill out of starting lineup, but hand on mend

Hill out of starting lineup, but hand on mend

CINCINNATI -- Aaron Hill was out of the lineup for the second straight game on Monday, but the D-backs' second baseman said his bruised right hand was feeling better and he anticipated being available to pinch-hit if needed.

Hill was hit by a pitch on the right hand on Saturday night and left the game an inning later when he was unable to grip a bat.

"Good enough," Hill said, when asked how the hand feels when he swings. "It's better than it was yesterday, so that was good, but they felt one more day would be better. If they need me to do something tonight, if I need to hit tonight, I'll hit tonight."

X-rays taken of the hand Saturday night were negative.

Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.