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.