LOS ANGELES -- Continuing to rehab his strained right hamstring, Willie Bloomquist will take a few days off from training, D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said before Friday's game against the Dodgers."He has hit a sticking point right now. It isn't bad, but he wants to get rid of it. He is going to take a couple of days off and see if that gets rid of it," Gibson said. "He has been getting a lot of at-bats and doing a lot of fielding, so he'll see how he feels after that." Gibson said Bloomquist will get no further tests on the hamstring that has sidelined him since he was put on the disabled list April 25. While the utility infielder is having no issues running the bases in extended spring training, making quick moves in the field has been bothersome. "He just doesn't feel like he can be totally explosive. It is just how the injury is," Gibson said. "He just wants to feel totally comfortable. "He is coming, just not as fast as we would like." Before going on the DL, Bloomquist hit .306 with one home run and seven RBIs in 14 games.
Gibson shakes up lineup against Kershaw
LOS ANGELES -- With the D-backs losing five of their last six games by one run, manager Kirk Gibson decided to mix the lineup up for Friday's game against the Dodgers and starter Clayton Kershaw.Most notably, Gibson moved his left-handers down to the bottom of the lineup. While Kelly Johnson led off and Gerardo Parra hit second in Thursday's game against the San Francisco Giants, Gibson moved Johnson to the six hole and Parra to the seven hole. "We have struggled with scoring runs and had opportunities," Gibson said. "Kershaw is better against lefties, so I figured I would move them down." Gibson also put Chris Young in the leadoff spot and Xavier Nady in the three hole. Young was given Thursday off before getting a pinch-hit single in the ninth inning. A welcome sign for the D-backs' center fielder, as Young is just 2-for-22 on the current road trip, dropping his average to .215 entering Friday's game. "We are just trying to find a way to make things happen," Gibson said. "We need to come out today and just be relaxed to have better results."
D-backs extend free-ticket offer to military
LOS ANGELES -- The Arizona Diamondbacks announced Friday that they have extended their free-ticket offer to military personal for any of the seven games during next week's homestand against the San Diego Padres, Atlanta Braves and Minnesota Twins.The D-backs will offer a free ticket to military personnel in honor of May being national Military Appreciation Month. With a valid military identification card, all active, reserve and retired military personnel can receive two baseline reserve tickets at any Chase Field ticket office next week. "We saw a great response from military personnel when we offered the free tickets during the Rockies series at the beginning of the month," D-backs president and CEO Derrick Hall said. "Since May is annually Military Appreciation Month throughout the country, we thought it would be appropriate to extend the free-ticket offer to the military during the next homestand. "We want to show our appreciation to the many men and women who have served our great country."
Instead of pitching Friday in an extended spring training game, Zach Duke will pitch Saturday in his second rehab start since being put on the disabled list March 30 with a broken left hand.
The Arizona bullpen has a 0.32 ERA in May, which is tops in the Major Leagues. Allowing just two runs in 28 2/3 innings pitched this month entering Friday, the bullpen is third in opponents batting average, holding opposing teams to a .178 batting average.
Arizona's 31 stolen bases are tied for fourth-most in the National League and eighth-most in the Majors.
In conjunction with Sanderson Ford, the D-backs will host a car show on 4th Street outside of Chase Field beginning at 3 p.m. MST on May 21 prior to their 7:10 p.m. game against the Twins that will also serve as a fundraiser for the Sanderson Ford Seats for Soldiers program. Participants that enter their vehicles in the car show will also contribute tickets for military families to attend future D-backs games and be honored at Chase Field for their service.
Quinn Roberts is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.