Bloomquist could play multiple spots upon return

Bloomquist could play multiple spots upon return

ARLINGTON -- Willie Bloomquist, who has been on the disabled list all season with a strained right intercostal, could return to the D-backs at either shortstop or second base.

Bloomquist played 64 of his 80 games last year with the D-backs at shortstop, starting another 11 at second base. He will play the fifth game of his rehab assignment with Triple-A Reno on Thursday night. Bloomquist is hitting .467 with eight RBIs during his Minor League stint.

"He could play anywhere," manager Kirk Gibson said. "Where do we need him? Who's hurt? Who's not hurt? Who needs a day off? I just want him to have the opportunity to be able to move around, play short, second or left field."

Rookie Didi Gregorious, who was called up from Reno when Aaron Hill was placed on the DL last month, has served as the team's everyday shortstop. He's hitting .328 with four home runs and 11 RBIs.

Christian Corona is a contributor to This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.