D-backs unsure when Bloomquist will return

D-backs unsure when Bloomquist will return

PHOENIX -- D-backs utility player Willie Bloomquist is eligible to come off the disabled list on Saturday, but the club has not decided when he will return to the field.

Bloomquist, who was placed on the 15-day DL with a strained right hamstring retroactive to April 22, ran the bases before Tuesday's game against the Rockies. He will face live pitching against the rehabbing Aaron Heilman and Zach Duke this week, and he said he does not feel the need to go on a rehab assignment before being activated.

"I am definitely feeling better," Bloomquist said. "Every day so far has been a step in the right direction. It's tough knowing that you can't contribute in any way, or even be ready to contribute. It's difficult, but unfortunately, it's part of the game."

Bloomquist hit .306 with 11 runs scored, four doubles, a home run and seven RBIs in 14 games for the D-backs. He opened the year with a 10-game hitting streak, which tied a franchise record to begin a season. He hit safely in 12 of his 14 games overall.

"When you have an injury like that, you really have to be mentally clear," said D-backs manager Kirk Gibson. "There's a way you get to that, because nobody's going to go out there and run all-out. You kind of build up to it, and today was a good test for him. He had his spikes on and he was on the infield running first to third."

Gibson is not sure if Bloomquist will be ready by Saturday.

"I want to make sure he comes back and be who he was, who he is and who he has been for us," Gibson said.