It has been a rough season for Blue Jays second baseman Aaron Hill, who got the day off Saturday.

In 2009, Hill hit .286 with 36 home runs and 108 RBIs and was the starting second baseman at the all-star game. Last season his average dipped to just .205 but he maintained his power stroke with 26 homers and 68 RBIs. This season, Hill isn't hitting for average (.226) or power (five homers and 15 doubles).

"He has been battling to try and find his stroke, you could probably say, for the better part of the season," manager John Farrell said. "He is in the midst of a grind, a long grind."