Young could return, Bloomquist unlikely

Young could return, Bloomquist unlikely

Young could return, Bloomquist unlikely
PHOENIX -- With just six games remaining in the regular season, time is running out for injured players to make a return in 2012.

D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said Friday he expects outfielder Chris Young to be in the lineup again, but isn't so optimistic about veteran shortstop Willie Bloomquist.

Young, who is battling a right quad strain, reinjured the leg on Sept. 18 in the first inning against the Padres on the first play of the game when he ran for a fly ball in left-center field.

"I think he wants to play, he ran again today," Gibson said. "But we don't want to get into the same thing that happened last time, that's just foolish, there's no reason to do it."

The 29-year-old Young recorded a pinch-hit two-run single Thursday in San Francisco, but didn't play in the field.

Young also saw action on Friday, drawing a pinch-hit walk in the eighth, but he again didn't play defense in the ninth.

"I don't want him to re-hurt his leg," Gibson said. "It was probably a 4-6 week injury from the first time he did it, and we pushed it early. He ran the bases hard today, we pushed him hard, we'll see how he feels shagging balls. We'll see how he goes tomorrow and see if we can get him out there again."

As for Bloomquist, the 34-year-old reported that his injured back is now pain-free, but the club still isn't sure it wants to push him.

"What do we have to gain?" Gibson said. "It doesn't seem very smart or reasonable."

Since Aug. 9, Bloomquist has only appeared in a game once, when he took a pinch-hit at-bat in Los Angeles. On the season, the infielder is batting a career-high .302.

"We know we're not complete without him," Gibson said. "He means a lot to us, but he can't do it, physically, and we miss it."