Outfielder Derek Hill has returned to the Whitecaps after a log rehabilitation.

Hill tore a ligament in his elbow on August 8th of last season and missed the rest of the year after undergoing Tommy John surgery.

It was just another setback for the Tigers 2014 1st round pick: Hill's rookie year was slowed by a back injury and in 2015 he was shut down in July because of a quad injury.

After 14 games in the Florida Gulf Coast League, and a tough rehab process, Hill has returned to the Whitecaps lineup.

"It was a difficult process, more mentally than physically," Hill said of sitting out after Tommy John. "Because your teammates are still playing up here and you want to be with them and support them but you have to rehab instead."

Since the last time he wore a Whitecaps uniform the team has changed managers and many players have come and gone. Still, hill says he expects to fit right in.

"Rabelo is a great manager, I played for him when I was in Connecticut my first year so we have some chemistry. I love they guys, there's no ego or bumping of heads. Everybody is on the same page and you can see that when they step on the field."