D-backs’ Bloomquist to start season on DL
The Arizona Diamondbacks’ versatile Willie Bloomquist will start
the season on the disabled list.
The team says an MRI on Wednesday showed a Grade 2 strain in his
right oblique. Manager Kirk Gibson said Bloomquist is expected to
be out two to four weeks.
The injury, sustained while swinging the bat in Tuesday night’s
game against the Los Angeles Angels, was the latest setback for
Arizona. The Diamondbacks figured to use Bloomquist considerably at
shortstop and as a leadoff hitter after center fielder Adam Eaton
went down with an arm injury that will sideline him six to eight
weeks. Right fielder Cody Ross also is expected to start the season
on the DL with a calf strain.
Bloomquist was on the disabled list last August with a lower
back strain. His only appearance after Aug. 9 was a pinch-hit
single on Sept. 3.
”Sometimes you get tested, and right now I’m being tested a
little bit with everything,” he said, ”after the long offseason
and getting healthy and trying to come in in shape. I felt I did
that and it’s just one of those things. I took an awkward swing and
popped an ab. I can’t explain it. There’s no rhyme nor reason for
it. It’s just one of those things.”
Bloomquist said that while he wants to get back as quickly as
possible, he knows that pushing too much can set back thing even
”If you don’t let it heal properly, you can kind of keep
re-tweaking it,” he said. ”The last time I did this eight-nine
years ago, it felt worse than this one does and that was about four
weeks. So I’m hoping it’s not quite that long but, you know, one
day at a time and we’ll be working hard on it to try to get it
healthy as quick as it can.”
As for the injury bug that’s hit the Diamondbacks, Bloomquist
said most teams are going to have injuries during the season.
”Maybe we’ll get them all out of the way early,” he said,
”and be healthy the majority of the year and down the
Gibson said Bloomquist was understandably disappointed but the
injury is ”part of being a baseball player.”
”You go out and put your body through a lot of movements that
are really abrupt and make them quickly and that can happen,”
Gibson said. ”I had one of those and it was a lot longer, it was
worse than that, so I guess we’re fortunate it’s not as bad as it