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  • Rockies' Sam Hilliard: Outrighted to Triple-A

    Hilliard cleared waivers Saturday and was sent outright to Triple-A Albuquerque, Thomas Harding of reports.

    Hilliard was squeezed off the Rockies' 40-man roster Thursday following the acquisition of Greg Jones but will officially remain in the Rockies' minor-league system. The 30-year-old outfielder slashed .236/.295/.431 across 78 plate appearances with Atlanta last season, and he could still return to Colorado this season if the Rockies run into depth issues in the outfield.

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  • Rockies' Sam Hilliard: Booted off 40-man roster

    The Rockies designated Hilliard for assignment Thursday.

    Hilliard became expendable after the Rockies needed to clear a spot on the 40-man roster for shortstop/outfielder Greg Jones, whom Colorado acquired from Tampa Bay on Thursday. The 30-year-old Hilliard will now be exposed to waivers, but if he clears, he'll likely stick in the Colorado organization and open the season at Triple-A Albuquerque.

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  • Rockies' Sam Hilliard: Back in Colorado via waivers

    The Rockies claimed Hilliard off waivers from the Orioles on Wednesday, Thomas Harding of reports.

    It's a return to his old stomping grounds for Hilliard, who slashed .212/.294/.423 with 29 homers in 214 games for the Rockies from 2019 through 2022. The move gives Hilliard's fantasy outlook a boost, as he goes from a place where he didn't seem likely to play to a team which has some uncertainty in right field.

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  • Orioles' Sam Hilliard: Agrees to salary with O's

    Hilliard (heel) signed a one-year, $800,000 contract with the Orioles on Friday, avoiding arbitration, Jon Heyman of the New York Post reports.

    Hilliard was claimed off waivers from Atlanta on Nov. 1 and is now locked into a guaranteed salary with the O's for the 2024 campaign. The 29-year-old currently projects to serve as a fourth outfielder and bench bat in Baltimore.

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  • Orioles' Sam Hilliard: Claimed by Baltimore

    Baltimore claimed Hilliard (heel) off waivers from Atlanta on Wednesday.

    Hilliard missed the final couple months of the 2023 season due to a nagging heel contusion, but that injury should be fully in the rearview by the start of spring training in 2024. The 29-year-old outfielder holds a career .718 OPS in 717 plate appearances at the major-league level and has always put up intriguing numbers at Triple-A.

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  • Braves' Sam Hilliard: Shifted to 60-day IL

    Hilliard (heel) was transferred to the 60-day injured list Friday, Grant McAuley of 92.9 The Game reports.

    The move clears a spot on the 40-man roster for Dylan Lee's return from the 60-day IL. Hilliard will be eligible for activation in late September, but he's without a timeline for his return after having a setback with his right heel last month.

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  • Braves' Sam Hilliard: Re-injures right heel

    Hilliard returned from his rehab assignment, but he re-injured his right heel and remains on the injured list, Justin Toscano of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

    Hilliard was placed on the 10-day injured list July 19 and began his rehab assignment Aug. 2 with Triple-A Gwinnett. The outfielder has not been seeing much playing time when healthy, primarily serving as a defensive replacement.

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  • Braves' Sam Hilliard: Begins rehab assignment

    Hilliard (heel) will begin a rehab assignment Tuesday with Triple-A Gwinnett.

    Sidelined since July 18 with a heel contusion, Hilliard's playing time had run dry anyway, as his last hit came on May 5, and he had logged just eight at-bats while appearing in 16 games, primarily as a defensive replacement, since then. Once healthy, Hilliard should resume his small supporting role.

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  • Braves' Sam Hilliard: Goes on IL with heel bruise

    Atlanta placed Hilliard on the 10-day injured list Wednesday with a right heel contusion.

    Hilliard picked up a rare start in Tuesday's 16-13 loss to the Diamondbacks but grounded out in his lone plate appearance before being lifted from the game ahead of the fourth inning. The heel injury presumably prompted Hilliard's early removal and will now keep him out of commission until at least July 29. With Hilliard on the shelf, Atlanta is left with Kevin Pillar and Forrest Wall as its primary reserve options in the outfield.

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  • Braves' Sam Hilliard: Gets rare start Sunday

    Hilliard went 0-for-2 in Sunday's loss to the White Sox.

    Getting the start in left field and batting ninth with Eddie Rosario (hamstring) unavailable, Hilliard saw multiple plate appearances in a game for the first time since May 23. The 29-year-old's .239/.299/.437 slash line and 42.9 percent strikeout rate on the season don't make a compelling case for more playing time, but if Rosario ends up needing an IL stint, Hilliard figures to handle the strong side of a platoon in left with Kevin Pillar.

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  • Braves' Sam Hilliard: Loses hold of regular role

    Hilliard remains out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Orioles.

    The lefty-hitting Hilliard is on the bench for the sixth time in seven games, with four of those absences coming against right-handed pitching. The return of Michael Harris from the injured list coupled with Marcell Ozuna's recent surge at the plate appears to have resulted in Hilliard moving out of a strong-side platoon role, and the impending return of Travis d'Arnaud (concussion) from the IL will only further complicate matters.

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  • Braves' Sam Hilliard: On bench for matinee

    Hilliard is not in the starting lineup for Game 1 of Monday's doubleheader with the Mets.

    With Michael Harris returning from the injured list Friday, Hilliard no longer looks like he has a path to regular playing time in center field, but the 28-year-old was still expected to contend for reps in left field. Instead, the righty-hitting Kevin Pillar has started both of the first two games in left field since Harris' return, with Atlanta facing a lefty (David Peterson) and righty (Denyi Reyes) in those contests. Since Hilliard is a left-handed hitter, he would make sense as a strong-side platoon option in left field, but Atlanta manager Brian Snitker appears to be favoring Pillar for now, perhaps in large part to the superior defense Pillar provides at the position.

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  • Braves' Sam Hilliard: Sitting in Harris' return

    Hilliard isn't in Atlanta's lineup for Friday's game against the Mets.

    With Michael Harris (back) returning to action, Hilliard no longer has a clear path to playing time in center field. The 29-year-old has hit well enough this season to be more than a bench player though, and he could form a platoon in left field with Kevin Pillar, who will bat eighth Friday against left-hander David Peterson.

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  • Braves' Sam Hilliard: Absent from lineup

    Hilliard is not in Atlanta's lineup for Thursday's game against the Marlins.

    The left-handed hitting Hilliard is taking a seat against Miami southpaw Braxton Garrett. Kevin Pillar is in center field and Eddie Rosario is in left Thursday for Atlanta.

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  • Braves' Sam Hilliard: Hits two homers, steals base in win

    Hilliard went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run, a solo home run and one steal in Monday's 11-0 victory over Miami.

    Hilliard gave the Braves a 3-0 lead in the fourth with a two-run blast and extended the advantage to 6-0 in the sixth with a solo shot. He also stole his fourth bag of the season after reaching on a fielder's choice in the second. Through 17 appearances (51 plate appearances), Hilliard is slashing .333/.412/.622, but he's struck out 20 times while drawing just six walks.

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  • Braves' Sam Hilliard: Swipes third bag

    Hilliard went 2-for-3 with a stolen base in Wednesday's loss to the Padres.

    The 29-year-old continues to fill in admirably for Michael Harris (back). Since Harris landed on IL, Hilliard has started eight of 12 games on the strong side of a platoon with Eli White and gone 11-for-28 (.393) with three doubles, a homer, two RBI, seven runs and two of his three steals on the season. He's also struck out 13 times during that stretch, however, making his ability to sustain his success at the plate questionable at best.

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  • Braves' Sam Hilliard: Out of lineup against lefty

    Hilliard is not in the lineup Tuesday against the Padres.

    Similar to Monday's lineup versus lefty Ryan Weathers, Eli White will get the start in center field for Atlanta with southpaw Blake Snell set to toe the rubber at Petco Park. Kevin Pillar is playing left field.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-5, 236 lbs
Birthplace: Mansfield, TX
Age: 30
Experience: 3
Bats/Throws: L, L