Updated May 14, 2013 - 5:56 pm
Injured D-backs inching toward returns to diamond
Tuesday, manager Kirk Gibson was asked about the status of some of those missing pieces, including infielder Willie Bloomquist, second baseman Aaron Hill and center fielder Adam Eaton.
Bloomquist is still dealing with a strained intercostal muscle and has been on the disabled list since spring training.
"He's going to play Thursday in extended (spring training), maybe a day or two and then we'll talk about where we're going to send him out to play and for how long," Gibson said Tuesday. "He's been out since the beginning of the season, so he needs to play some baseball, definitely."
The veteran infielder has been on the DL officially since March 30 when he strained the muscle during an at bat. Bloomquist said last week that he'd tried to play in an extended spring game a couple weeks ago but taking a swing in a real game didn't feel good, so the training staff backed him off again. He's been taking batting practice and infield since then.
Gibson said it's necessary to send the veteran on a rehab assignment.
"To get up to speed number one and the other part is to make sure he's healthy to play sustained games back to back to back so I know he's okay."
Second baseman Aaron Hill had a CT scan of his broken left hand on Monday and the results were not as promising as the organization had hoped. Hill has still not been given the green light to do any strengthening.
"It's just in a tricky place and different things heal at different pace," Gibson said. "We had hoped it was ready but he's not."
Hill has been on the DL since April 15, but he was originally hit by the pitch that caused the injury on April 9. There is no timetable for his return right now.
"It's just not healing enough to move him on to the next step -- more movement and more strengthening. It's right by that tendon that attaches right here (pointing at his hand)," Gibson stated. "If it's not healed enough and you start moving it, it gets irritated and it gets sore again."
Hill has been wearing a cast but can play catch by throwing a ball and having someone else catch it for him. He's also been able to stay in shape with conditioning and footwork drills.
Then there's young, promising center fielder Adam Eaton, who is further along in his rehab and should be getting close to coming off the DL. He's been out with a strained left elbow suffered during spring training.
Eaton has played in 11 games with Triple-A Reno and Single-A Advanced Visalia. He's hitting only .077 (3-for-39) as the designated hitter with two doubles, five RBI and five walks.
"He's been playing, on the 17th he's scheduled to play in the outfield," said Gibson. "He threw out to 135 feet yesterday, so he's extending throwing program."
Kyndra de St. Aubin, Reporter - Arizona Sports 98.7
- Dose of Venom: Matzek, Rockies silence Diamondbacks
- Nuno's strong outing squandered as Rockies shut out Diamondbacks: By The Numbers
- Dose of Venom: Jake Lamb's late grand slam propels Diamondbacks past Rockies
- Diamondbacks upend Rockies in series opener: By The Numbers
- D-backs manager Kirk Gibson: Daniel Hudson, Chris Owings, A.J. Pollock, Cody Ross may return soon
- Augie Ojeda, former Arizona Diamondback - Friday August 29Doug and Wolf chat with former Diamondback Augie Ojeda.
- Travis Lee, former D-backs first baseman - Thursday August 28Travis Lee shares some stories and memories from playing with the D-backs.
- Derrick Hall, D-backs President and CEO - Thursday August 28Derrick Hall discusses the home plate rule in the new instant replay system.
- Tim Kurkjian, ESPN MLB insider - Wednesday August 27ESPN baseball analyst Tim Kurkjian believes Matt Williams is good for the Nationals.
- Kirk Gibson, D-backs manager - Tuesday August 26D-backs manager Kirk Gibson discusses possible changes to a six-man rotation.
- Reggie Sanders - former Diamondbacks outfielder - Tuesday August 26Reggie Sanders discusses the Diamondbacks' alumni game coming up this Saturday.
- Derrick Hall, D-backs President & CEO - Thursday August 21Derrick Hall gives his thoughts on the new MLB commissioner.