09/18/12 10:05 PM ET
Bloomquist earns Roberto Clemente Award nomination
By Steve Gilbert and Tyler Emerick / MLB.com
Bloomquist is one of the 30 club finalists, which recognizes a Major League Baseball player who best represents the game of baseball through positive contributions on and off the field, including sportsmanship and community involvement.
"It's obviously a huge honor and I'm really humbled about it," Bloomquist said. "There are some people who do a lot more in the community than I do that have won this award and been nominated for this award. For me, to be the nominee for this organization is a pretty cool thing."
Starting last year, Bloomquist has hosted a Phoenix Children's Hospital patient and his or her family for a VIP day at Chase Field one game each homestand. Bloomquist and his wife, Lisa, launched "The Abe and Max Fund" at Phoenix Children's Hospital after two patients made a lasting impact when visiting Chase Field in 2011.
The Roberto Clemente Award pays tribute to Clemente's achievements and character by recognizing current players who truly understand the value of helping others. The award is named for the 15-time MLB All-Star and Hall of Famer who died in a plane crash on New Year's Eve 1972 while attempting to deliver supplies to earthquake victims in Nicaragua.
"The fact of what he would do for his community and for his countrymen, he was, from what it sounds like, an unbelievable person," Bloomquist said of Clemente. "So to be mentioned in the same sentence is obviously a huge honor."
Bloomquist has been out with a strained lower back, but said he finally is starting to feel some improvement and hopes to be able to return before the season ends.
Young re-aggravates quad in return to center
PHOENIX -- Back in the starting lineup for the first time since Sept. 3, D-backs center fielder Chris Young exited Tuesday's game against the Padres in the first inning with a re-aggravated right quadriceps muscle after he pulled up lame while running into the gap in left-center to track down Everth Cabrera's fly ball.
The diagnosis, albeit not severe, has the 29-year-old wondering if he will see the outfield again this season.
"A little bit, you never know," Young said. "It's getting late. I tried to push it today and it didn't work. I have to see how it feels then test it again."
After the game, Young iced down the injury before resting it. He will undergo more tests on Wednesday even though he doesn't think anything new will surface.
"It's pretty much the same, it's the same area," he said. "It doesn't seem like I've done more damage, just aggravated what I already had."
Young, who pinch-hit three times while rehabbing the injury the first time, believes he will go back to that role while he works to get healthy again.
Insisting he was ready to test the quad in game action, the outfielder said he felt it grab as soon as he made the catch.
"I knew I had to go 100 percent, that's the only way you have to test it out," Young said. "You have to go full speed. I'm more disappointed than anything and frustrated."
Moving forward, D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said the club might recall an outfielder from Triple-A Reno, which concluded its season Tuesday, to fill Young's void.
Gibson unsure whether Bauer will be back this year
PHOENIX -- D-backs manager Kirk Gibson was non-committal when asked if prospect Trevor Bauer would be called up from Triple-A Reno this week.
Bauer started for Reno in the Triple-A Championship Game on Monday night lasting just 4 2/3 innings.
Gibson said that he's had conversations with GM Kevin Towers about whether Bauer will be called up.
"Ultimately it's KT's decision," Gibson said.
Bauer struggled in four Major League starts earlier this year compiling a 6.06 ERA.
"I think we kind of feel it would be beneficial for him to get back," Gibson said. "Things didn't go as planned. We're thinking this year, but next year so it probably makes sense that any kind of experience or exposure that he gets back here and segues back into the environment would be good for him."
Even if he is called up, finding an opportunity to give him a start could be a challenge. Right now the D-backs have Ian Kennedy, Trevor Cahill, Wade Miley, Tyler Skaggs and Patrick Corbin in the rotation.
"That means somebody would have to miss a start," Gibson said. "I don't know anybody that wants to miss a start. There's other issues to deal with. At the same time if we feel somebody should miss a start then he would be a likely choice if he were here."
Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. Tyler Emerick is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.