Hill returns to lineup after hamstring tightness

Hill returns to lineup after hamstring tightness

TORONTO -- Blue Jays second baseman Aaron Hill was back in the lineup Friday against the Texas Rangers after he was a late scratch from Wednesday's 3-2 victory over the Red Sox.

The injured hamstring that put him on the disabled list early in the season was a little tight before the game in Boston, so by sitting him for that game, it gave Hill two consecutive days off after Thursday's scheduled off-day.

Before Friday's game at Rogers Centre, he said the hamstring felt fine.

"It feels great," he said. "It just kind of lingered, it is what it is. Go out there and go play to the best of your ability." What also has lingered is Hill's hitting funk. He entered Friday's game batting .181 with two home runs and six RBIs. He was hitting .187 in the 19 games since coming off the disabled list on April 23.

Hill is still trying to find the key to regaining his form at the plate, working with hitting coach Dwayne Murphy. That has included video work to compare his swing now to when he was hitting well.

"Just to make sure, we've covered everything," Hill said. "We've done split screen, we've done everything. I'm just missing."

Hill said he is getting the foot down in time to start his swing.

"That's just what we're making sure," he said, "that I am getting down in time because if my foot's not getting down, I'm going to be late. I'm just kind of in between pitches right now."