Bloomquist remains sidelined with sore back

Bloomquist remains sidelined with sore back

Bloomquist remains sidelined with sore back
PHILADELPHIA -- After observing Willie Bloomquist on Saturday, manager Kirk Gibson didn't think he was ready to return to the lineup for Sunday's series finale against the Phillies. Bloomquist, who has been battling back pain, did not start for the fifth straight game on Sunday.

Bloomquist took ground balls and hit before Saturday's game. He did the same on Sunday. He could return for the D-backs upcoming series at Pittsburgh.

"I don't think he's ready," Gibson said before Sunday's game. "What I saw [Saturday], it was his first day on the field. I don't know if he's tentative, I don't think he's feeling a lot of pain. I just think he's still a little stiff. We'll see how he does it [Sunday]. I wanna be right about it."