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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Diamondbacks Injury Update: Aaron Hill dislocates tip of finger

By on 9/23/2014 07:15:00 AM

Arizona Diamondbacks second baseman Aaron Hill left Monday's game with a painful-sounding injury, with Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic tweeting that Hill came out after dislocating the tip of his right little finger on a slide into home:
Hill scored the Diamondbacks' sixth and final run in a 6-2 victory when sustaining the injury, coming home on a groundout to shortstop following a double and a steal of third base. While not ideal, both the day-to-day tag and the fact that it is Hill's little finger suggest that this is perhaps not as serious as it could have been. If Hill can throw and grip the bat properly, he may be able to return relatively quickly. Of course, with the Diamondbacks mired at the foot of the NL West and with nothing to play for other than not finishing in last place, the team has no reason to rush Hill back in these last six days.

Hill is one of a series of Diamondbacks disappointments this year, with a significant drop in his production across the board. Since coming over to Arizona from Toronto in the middle of 2011, he had been significantly above-average, with an OPS well above .800 across his three seasons with the Diamondbacks coming into the year. However, this season he has hit just .241/.285/.364, struck out in a career-high 17.1% of plate appearances and walked in a career-low 5.2%. Along with his poor defense, Hill therefore comes out at below replacement level this season at -1.4 WAR, per Baseball-Reference.

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