09/12/12 10:04 PM ET
Hill relishes chance to play every day with D-backs
By Steve Gilbert / MLB.com
On Wednesday, D-backs manager Kirk Gibson asked rookie Jake Elmore to get some pregame work in at second base. As Gibson watched Elmore taking grounders, Hill walked up to Gibson.
Said Gibson, "Aaron Hill says, 'Hey what's going on over there? What do we need him to do that for? We only need a guy over there three days a year.'"
Gibson could only chuckle at Hill's joke.
"It's his mentality," Gibson said. "He doesn't want off-days. He's very steady and consistent. His work ethic never changes. He's one of the first guys here. He loves coming to the ballpark. We had the day-night doubleheader he was excited to play in two baseball games. He was excited to do it. That's the way he looks at the game."
Hill has appeared in 138 of the D-backs' first 142 games this year, and heading into Wednesday he was hitting .297 with 22 homers and 67 RBIs to go with solid defense.
"He's kind of found his old hitting form," Gibson said. "He's simplified his swing, he's found a real comfortable spot for us there in the two-hole. He certainly doesn't ever make mistakes from lack of preparation. It's pretty amazing how steady he is for as much as he plays and how many at-bats he gets and all the work he puts in."
Putz, Bloomquist slowed by back problems
PHOENIX -- D-backs closer J.J. Putz was not available for Wednesday's game with the Dodgers due to a stiff back.
"I took a muscle relaxer [Tuesday] night," Putz said. "It's definitely better today than it was [Tuesday]."
Setup man David Hernandez closed out Tuesday's game to pick up the save, and he may need to do the same Wednesday.
"It's not very good today," D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said of Putz's back. "It's improved, but he's not pain free."
Speaking of back issues, shortstop Willie Bloomquist is still bothered by lower back pain.
"I'm still a little ways from being able to play," Bloomquist said. "I'm doing whatever I can in terms of treatment to get it better. It just takes time. How much time? I don't know."
Catcher Henry Blanco, who has been out since Aug. 6 with a sprained left thumb said it was doubtful that he would be able to return before the end of the season.
"It's coming around," Blanco said. "I'm working hard on it, the trainers are doing everything they can. I don't like being injured and not playing. It's part of the game, part of the job, though."
Bauer earns win for Reno in Game 1 of PCL finals
PHOENIX -- Right-hander Trevor Bauer picked up the win for Triple-A Reno on Tuesday night in Game 1 of the Pacific Coast League Championship Series.
Reno beat Omaha, 13-1, as Bauer allowed one run over 6 2/3 innings. He did walk five and allowed three hits.
"I don't know that yet," D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said when asked if Bauer would be called up after the playoff series ended. "It's a possibility. You guys look at his game? Struggled early, walked a lot of guys, kind of got it together and threw 6 2/3. He struggled with his command early. It's a possibility. I don't know that we've made a decision yet."
Bauer, the No. 3 overall pick in the 2011 First-Year Player Draft and the D-backs' top prospect, made four starts for the D-backs earlier this year and was 1-2 with a 6.06 ERA.