Hill will return to lineup on Friday

Hill will return to lineup on Friday

TORONTO -- Blue Jays All-Star second baseman Aaron Hill will come off the 15-day disabled list on Friday when the Jays travel to Tampa Bay to take on the Rays. Hill has been sidelined by a sore right hamstring since the first week of the season.

Hill is currently at the Blue Jays' Minor League complex in Dunedin, Fla., but did not play in any Minor League rehab games before his scheduled return. Instead, took part in extended Spring Training.

While Hill was a major contributor to the Blue Jays offense last season -- batting .286 with 36 HR and 108 RBIs -- the Jays have managed to cope without him, leading the league in numerous offensive categories.

Going into Wednesday's game against the Royals, the Jays led Major League Baseball with 66 extra base hits, 11 more than the Rockies who ranked second. Toronto's 43 doubles also led MLB, eight ahead of the Rockies and Red Sox.

Hill will play second base and bat No. 2 in the lineup. John McDonald and Mike McCoy, who have been platooning at second base, will likely slide back into reserve roles.