Bloomquist starts at third for first time since '10

Bloomquist starts at third for first time since '10

ATLANTA -- Willie Bloomquist was in the D-backs' lineup at third base on Thursday, the first time he's started at the hot corner since Aug. 28, 2010.

Bloomquist has gotten the majority of starts at shortstop this year while Stephen Drew recovered from his ankle injury.

"The fundamentals of the game stay the same," Bloomquist said. "You catch the ball and you throw it to the right base. You try to keep it simple and not try and do too much. I don't have to go over there and be a Gold Glove third baseman. I have to go over there and try to make the routine play and let the good plays take care of themselves just by being an athlete out there. My focus is to try to make the routine play."

With Bloomquist hitting .292 this year, D-backs manager Kirk Gibson wanted to try and keep his bat in the lineup even after Drew's return. Hence the start at third base, where Bloomquist has made 85 prior starts.

Bloomquist, who can play the outfield, shortstop, third and second, said that third base is the most challenging because of the longer throw and how quickly the ball gets on you.

Adjusting on the fly is nothing new for Bloomquist. During Spring Training in 2011, he did not play a game at shortstop, yet due to Drew's injury, he found himself in the Opening Day lineup at short this season.

"It's weird how the game does that to you," Bloomquist said.