Originally posted on Fox Sports Arizona  |  Last updated 4/16/13
PHOENIX The injuries continue to pile up for the Arizona Diamondbacks, who placed Silver Slugger second baseman Aaron Hill on the 15-day disabled list on Tuesday with a broken hand. The team filled his roster spot by reinstating infielder Didi Gregorius from the DL. Hill joins starting left fielder Jason Kubel, starting center fielder Adam Eaton and starting shortstop Willie Bloomquist on the disabled list. Starting right fielder Cody Ross just returned from the DL this week at the same time that Kubel was lost. It is really unfortunate to lose not only a talented baseball player but a tremendous teammate in Aaron Hill for the near future, general manager Kevin Towers said. We are confident that the depth we have in the middle infield will serve us well while Aaron recovers. The team's options at second base involve shifting two of their current starting infielders: Third baseman Martin Prado and shortstop Cliff Pennington. Eric Chavez could take Prado's spot at third base, and Gregorius could fill in for Pennington at short. Hill, 31, is hitting .306 with two home runs and six RBI in 10 games. He originally suffered the injury after being hit by a James McDonald pitch on April 9 vs. Pittsburgh. I was very disappointed yesterday when I learned the extent of my hand injury, said Hill. I am going to take some time off from baseball activities to let the break heal before starting the rehab process. I am committed to do everything in my power to return to the lineup as soon as possible. Hill won the Silver Slugger Award in 2012 after hitting a career-high .302 with 44 doubles, 6 triples, 26 home runs and 85 RBI in his first full season with Arizona. He established career-highs in slugging percentage (.552), OPS (.882) and extra-base hits (76) and was selected as the team's Most Valuable Player by the Arizona chapter of the BBWAA. Gregorius, 23, batted .387 (12 for 31) with two home runs in seven rehab games with Triple-A Reno. He was placed on the 15-day disabled list on March 31 with strained right elbow. Gregorius was acquired by the D-backs in December with left-handed pitcher Tony Sipp as part of a three-team trade that sent pitching prospect Trevor Bauer to Cleveland. He entered the season ranked among Arizonas top prospects by MLB.com (No. 3) and Baseball America (No. 5). -- Dave Lumia
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