GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — All the circus and stolen bases from West Michigan Whitecaps outfielder Derek Hill will have to be put on hold.
The Detroit Tigers 2014 first-round pick will undergo Tommy John surgery later this month, putting an end to his season.
Hill tore the ulnar collateral ligament in his throwing arm last week on a toss from the outfield in a game against Bowling Green. He was battling 3-25 over his last ten games and had swiped 35 bases on the year.
With a nine to 11 month time table for his return, Hill figures to miss a majority of 2017 as he rehabs the injury.
“It won’t be a career ender in anyway, but obviously it’s a setback time wise and Derek’s made some nice strides this year,” Detroit Tigers Vice President of Player Development David Littlefield. “It’s too bad really, but we are looking forward to Derek getting back out there as soon as he can.”
==Above, watch highlights of Whitecap and Lansing Lugnuts Friday postponed game and Saturday’s Whitecaps-Tin Caps game.==