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Bloomquist headed for DL with oblique strain

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- D-backs shortstop Willie Bloomquist was diagnosed with a Grade 2 strain of his right oblique muscle and will start the season on the 15-day disabled list.

"Kind of what I was expecting," Bloomquist said. "It's unfortunate, it's not good news, but it's a speed bump and I'll have to work around it and get healthy and hopefully it won't be too long."

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Bloomquist said he does not know how long the injury will keep him out. When he had a more significant oblique injury in the past, it took a month and he said he hopes this one won't take as long.

Bloomquist injured his oblique when he swung and missed at a pitch in Tuesday night's game. He was immediately removed following the pitch and had an MRI performed Wednesday that showed the strain.

"It stinks, frustrating, but there's not much I can do about it," Bloomquist said Tuesday night.

Bloomquist's absence makes it likely that veteran utility man Josh Wilson could make the Opening Day roster.

Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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