Bloomquist again felled by stiff back

Bloomquist again felled by stiff back

PITTSBURGH -- Shortstop Willie Bloomquist was a late scratch to the D-backs' lineup before Thursday's 6-3 win against the Pirates after his back stiffened up.

Bloomquist missed time earlier in the road trip with back stiffness, but thought he had gotten past it.

"I don't know what's going on with it," Bloomquist said. "[I] felt fine this morning. I hit early like I normally do and put a little heat pad on it before I went out to [batting practice], and was laying on the table, and went to get off the table, and it just decided to lock up again. I don't know what's going on. It's awful frustrating."

The team will re-evaluate Bloomquist, and it's possible that he will be sent for precautionary tests. He described bending over to put his shoes and socks on postgame as an "adventure."

The D-backs played shorthanded last week while he recovered, and they did so again on Thursday, but manager Kirk Gibson does not like to be left shorthanded.

"I've had this before. I don't think there's anything major, I hope not," Bloomquist said. I don't want to go on the [disabled list] if I don't have to. I don't think it's one of those things that will need two weeks, but I also don't want to hamstring the team, either. Every game is important, and playing a man short is tough. I'm hopeful it's only going to be a couple-of-days thing and I'll be ready to go again."