ST. PETERSBURG — Aaron Hill’s nagging right quad muscle is no longer barking but even at a low growl, it’s enough of a concern for the Blue Jays’ training staff to keep him out of game action a few more days.
Hill came to Al Lang Field expecting to play Friday but, when he admitted to training staff the leg wasn’t 100%, he was scratched.
“It’s not a big deal,” Hill said. “Today was a case of getting here, testing it and (the training staff) said if it’s not 100%, we don’t want you playing.
“We went through everything and I told them: ‘Okay, I can play’ and they said: ‘Are you 100%?’ and I said no, I can feel it a little bit.”
End of discussion.
The only time Hill’s leg bothers him is when he tries to make that explosive first move toward sprinting.
“For a while it kept getting better, but for the last four or five days it seems to have plateaued. I’ve been doing all my work, just not running. We’re thinking now about laying off everything for a couple of days to see if we can get over that last hump.”