Bloomquist remains on DL with back stiffness

Bloomquist remains on DL with back stiffness

PHOENIX -- D-backs infielder Willie Bloomquist felt stiffness in his back Thursday while playing in an Arizona League game and was consequentially not activated from the 15-day disabled list Friday, the first day he was eligible to come off of it.

The club placed the 34-year-old on the DL with a strained lower back on Aug. 11, retroactive to Aug. 9.

"He didn't feel that good last night when he played," manager Kirk Gibson said. "It's not bad like it was, but he's not stiff-free. I'm not going to rush him back when he's played a minimal amount. Just didn't feel good after that."

Bloomquist went 1-for-3 with a triple and three RBIs in his first rehab game Thursday.

Before the injury, Bloomquist was having a career season with the D-backs, batting .300 and scoring 46 runs.

In his absence, the club has used mostly rookie Jake Elmore at shortstop with veteran John McDonald backing him up after the trade of Stephen Drew to Oakland.