Collmenter, Bloomquist may return Saturday

Collmenter, Bloomquist may return Saturday

Collmenter, Bloomquist may return Saturday
PHOENIX -- Typically when Sept. 1 comes around, teams add youth to provide a shot in the arm for the final month of the season. But this year, the D-backs are hoping to get three mainstays back from the disabled list when the roster expands to 40.

D-backs pitchers Takashi Saito and Josh Collmenter and infielder Willie Bloomquist are all making strides to rejoin the team.

Collmenter, recovering from ulcers, and Bloomquist, battling a stiff back, could be ready as soon as Saturday, when the club is in Los Angeles.

"I'm hoping and expecting that they will be with us," D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said. "We're hoping those two guys are healthy, maybe a couple more beyond that."

Collmenter, who has pitched four scoreless rehab innings in the rookie-level Arizona League, is scheduled to throw again Tuesday. Bloomquist's plan is more up in the air.

The veteran went 0-for-2 on Monday in his second rehab game and will play again Wednesday, but his status for Tuesday is undetermined.

"We'll see how he feels," Gibson said. "He felt really good yesterday and feels good today so far. But if he's not ready to play, I don't know if we'd activate him."

Saito, on the DL since Aug. 14 with a strained left hamstring, will also pitch in one of the two games, according to Gibson.