For injured second baseman Aaron Hill, it was a short drive to Clearwater on Wednesday, but a long step towards a full return to health.

Suffering from a strained right quadriceps since early in training camp, Hill batted leadoff in each of the first two innings of a B Game vs. the Phillies, and played one inning in the field, before being pinch run for and hitching a van ride back to the Jays' clubhouse in Dunedin for ice and treatment. His next game is Friday vs. Canada's junior nationals.

"We're taking it slow," Hill explained. "No rush, but it was good to get out there and get it going a little bit. I didn't really get after it too much. At this point it's just going to be, the day you feel good, feel 100 per cent, then you still have to take it easy for three to four days to make sure nothing happens."