Hillenbrand out with injury

York Revolution third baseman Shea Hillenbrand returned home to Arizona Thursday afternoon to receive treatment from his personal trainer for an injured hamstring.

The Revolution did not place Hillenbrand on the inactive or disabled list, although a timetable for his return has not been set. Hillenbrand knocked in the game-tying run with a double and scored the game-winning run in York’s dramatic 6-5 come-from-behind win over Southern Maryland Wednesday night. He had an awkward slide into home plate on Luis Taveras’ game-winning RBI single.

Adam Gladstone, the Revolution’s director of baseball operations, was quick to point out that Hillenbrand basically took one round of batting practice with York before settling into an every-day role. His point was that the former Major League All-Star has been playing himself into baseball shape and Gladstone doesn’t expect the injury to be too serious.

But even Hillenbrand’s closest teammate isn’t sure about his return.

“Some people don’t know if he’s coming back, but I say he’s coming back. That’s just my hunch,” said shortstop Keoni De Renne, who has worked out with Hillenbrand in previous offseasons. “Even though his stuff is still here, knowing Shea he’d just have someone pack it up and send it to him. But I think he’s coming back and I hope he comes back.”

Hillenbrand is hitting .340 in 36 games since joining the Revs and has two homers and 25 RBIs. He also has nine doubles and numerous teammates have credited Hillenbrand and Chris Ashby for help with hitting instruction in the batting cage over the last month-plus. Hillenbrand also had a 20-game hitting streak earlier this season.

Luckily for York, Matt Dryer, who underwent surgery on the labrum in his throwing shoulder over the off-season, has returned to third base recently and has heated up at the plate. Dryer has hit three homers and has eight RBIs in York’s last 11 games. 

*Randy Flaum photo.


One Response

  1. Post is updated with Hillenbrand’s specific injury and some more info from Keoni De Renne, who has worked out with Hillenbrand in previous offseasons.

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