Tigers get 'best news' possible on Derek Hill, as Daz Cameron arrives from Toledo


All things considered, this is good news on Tigers center fielder Derek Hill.

After slamming into the center field fall to make a highlight-reel catch in the the club's loss to the Mariners on Wednesday, Hill was placed on the 10-day injured list Thursday with a Grade 1 right shoulder sprain.

Judging by the way he crumpled to the warning track after the catch, it feels like he averted something worse.

"Best news you can get with this injury," Hinch said Thursday morning. "He was moving around pretty well today, a little surprisingly well. But given that it was going to be at least a week, we needed to make a move and let it calm down a little bit.

"Scary play for him. Good news is, it's nothing too extreme."

And here's another silver lining: prospect Daz Cameron is about to get his second shot in the bigs. The Tigers called up the 24-year-old from Triple-A Toledo to take Hill's spot on the roster.

Cameron, Detroit's No. 9 prospect according to MLB Pipeline, earned the opportunity by hitting .299 with an .878 OPS through 21 games with the Mud Hens."He was playing very well," Hinch said.

"Swinging the bat well, playing pretty good defense. His face when he came in the clubhouse today, got a late-night call and told to come up here. He can do a lot. Offensively he's very intriguing because of how he's been swinging the bat in Triple-A."

Furthermore, Cameron closed his first big-league last season on a hot streak after recovering from a life-threatening bout with COVID-19. He'll give Hinch and the Tigers another speedy player in the outfield while they wait for Hill's return.