PHOENIX -- Two days after undergoing surgery on his left thumb, D-backs catcher Henry Blanco said Friday that the procedure went as planned and he will miss at least six weeks before deciding the next course of action. The 40-year-old tore a ligament in his thumb in Sunday's game against the Phillies. He flew back to Phoenix on Monday for an MRI exam and to be seen by hand specialist Don Sheridan before having surgery. "Everything went well," Blanco said. "I'll sit out six weeks, I believe, and we'll see after that. This is how it is, and I have to wait six weeks and see how it comes out."
The D-backs claimed veteran Wil Nieves off waivers on Monday to take Blanco's place as the backup catcher behind Miguel Montero. Blanco is batting .188 with one home run and seven RBIs in 21 games played. Whether Blanco attempts to come back this season depends on how much his thumb has healed when the cast comes off. "We'll see. I want to and I hope so, but we'll see," he said. "I knew right away it was hurt, but in that situation you are hoping nothing is wrong.