An up-Hill battle
ST. PETERSBURG — I thought coming to St. Pete would allow us a chance to catch up with second baseman Aaron Hill, who has been residing in Florida these days while he tries to come back from his nasty concussion.
Unfortunately for us scribes, Hill was a no-show at the workout on Thursday and wasn’t with the team prior to Friday’s game. We did chat with Jays general manager J.P. Ricciardi, who has resorted to shrugs when asked about Hill’s status.
Ricciardi said nobody’s told him to start worrying that Hill may be entering Corey Koskie territory here. But we did ask Ricciardi if it’s starting to approach a point where the Blue Jays believe Hill could possibly be done for the year.
“I think that’s how we’re looking now,” Ricciardi said. “I don’t think he is done for the year — unless someone tells us he is — but we’re preparing for a worst-base scenario.”
Needless to say, the Jays aren’t sounding very confident about Hill’s chances to make a swift return from the post-concussion symptoms he’s had since colliding with David Eckstein in late May. Hopefully, Hill can make a full return.
IN OTHER NEWS: Shaun Marcum is now the tentative starter for Tuesday in Baltimore. On Thursday, Marcum spun four perfect innings with six strikeouts for Class A Dunedin. If all goes according to plan, he’ll be activated from the DL to make the start … Righty Dustin McGowan (right shoulder) will be re-evaluated by Dr. Timothy Kremchek in two weeks. … In relation to trade rumors about A.J. Burnett, Ricciardi said, “I don’t see A.J. going anywhere.”
TORONTO (47-48) at TAMPA BAY (55-39)
at 7:10 p.m. ET at Tropicana Field
Joe Inglett, 2B
Marco Scutaro, SS
Alex Rios, CF
Matt Stairs, DH
Rod Barajas, C
Lyle Overbay, 1B
Scott Rolen, 3B
Brad Wilkerson, RF
Adam Lind, LF
PITCHING: RHP A.J. Burnett (10-9, 4.96)
Akinori Iwamura, 2B
Carl Crawford, LF
B.J. Upton, CF
Carlos Pena, 1B
Evan Longoria, 3B
Cliff Floyd, DH
Dioner Navarro, C
Eric Hinske, RF
Ben Zobrist, SS
PITCHING: RHP James Shields (7-6, 3.83)
WHAT A KNIGHT: Thanks to Mark Zwolinksi of the Star for gutting it out to go see the midnight showing of The Dark Knight with me last night. Man, that was a spec-freakin-tacular film. Heath Ledger was amazing and the movie was strong. I didn’t get to bed until 4 a.m., but it was worth the lack of sleep. Go see it. I know I’m seeing it at least once more.