Bloomquist headed for DL with oblique strain

Bloomquist headed for DL with oblique strain

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."

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.

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