6/27/2013 4:31 P.M. ET
Bloomquist's swollen hand keeps him from action
By Steve Gilbert / MLB.com
WASHINGTON -- D-backs infielder Willie Bloomquist hoped his left hand would feel better when he woke up Thursday morning, but instead, it was still pretty swollen.
Bloomquist was hit on the hand by a Tyler Clippard pitch Wednesday night, and while initial X-rays were negative, he was unavailable to hit or play in the field for Thursday's game.
"Not good," Bloomquist said. "I was hoping for a lot better. It's pretty sore today, so we'll just get a bunch of treatment on it and try to get on top of it. It's throbbing, it's got its own heartbeat. It was tough to button my shirt this morning with it. Obviously, there's quite a bit of pain there today."
Second baseman Aaron Hill was hit on the left hand by a pitch in April, and while X-rays were negative, a CT scan would later reveal a fracture.
"Right now, the test results were as good as they could be, so it's just a matter of treating it and getting ahead of things, and if it doesn't get any better in the next couple of days, then we'll go from there," Bloomquist said. "Optimistic that hopefully it will [get better]."
The D-backs will wait for the swelling to go down before evaluating whether Bloomquist will need to undergo further testing on the hand.
Delgado, Prado looking forward to Atlanta return
WASHINGTON -- For D-backs third baseman Martin Prado and right-hander Randall Delgado, this weekend's series in Atlanta will be a homecoming.
The pair came over from the Braves in the offseason deal that sent outfielder Justin Upton to the Braves, and both will have some added emotions come Friday.
Delgado will start Friday's game against Julio Teheran, a pitcher he played with during his time in Atlanta's system.
"A little excited, because I'm going to the city where I pitched," Delgado said. "But Martin and I, we want to just go there and play a normal game."
Prado has a much longer history with the Braves, having played with them for seven seasons.
"It's going to be good," Prado said. "There's a lot of people that I know that helped me along the way in my career. I know that it's going to be good to see them and show them my respect. It's emotional, but I think this is something different in my career, and I'm looking forward to playing against my ex-teammates and having a good series."
Prado stays in regular contact with Braves legend Chipper Jones, who will have his jersey retired before Friday's game.
"It's going to be pretty cool," Prado said. "He's a franchise guy and everybody loved him there, so it's going to be special."
Right-hander Zeke Spruill also came over in the trade, but he had not played at the big league level for the Braves.
Gibson, D-backs players to watch Chipper's ceremony
WASHINGTON -- The Braves will retire Chipper Jones' No. 10 in a pregame ceremony Friday, and you can expect there will be more than a few D-backs players on the top step of their dugout to watch.
They will be led by manager Kirk Gibson.
"He was a great player," Gibson said. "A sure Hall of Famer. I know the guys that played with him as a teammate were blessed to do so. It's kind of neat that when you're in an opponent's stadium and they do those things. I'm sure we'll be out there watching it, giving our respect to him. He played the game the right way, he represented his organization well, he was a champion."
All those pleasantries aside, don't think for a minute the D-backs want to see Jones back in uniform.
"I see he's enjoying retirement," Gibson said. "We like to see him retired. He had very good success against the Diamondbacks."
• Gibson said injured right-hander Brandon McCarthy did not throw a scheduled bullpen session Monday because his shoulder felt fatigued.
"He came in and said that he felt fatigued and didn't think it was right to throw a bullpen, and we all agreed," Gibson said.
McCarthy threw a flat-ground session Thursday.
• Injured outfielder Adam Eaton has begun serving as the designated hitter for Class A Visalia as part of a rehab assignment.
• The D-backs' training staff has tried to be proactive in terms of making sure that players stay hydrated during this road trip. In addition, the team did not take batting practice on the field Thursday and will likely skip it again Saturday.
It has been hot and humid in Washington, and more of the same is expected in Atlanta and New York in the final two stops of the 10-game trip.
"It's just different when you're out here," Gibson said. "Your uniform sticks to you, it's hot and you sweat a lot more. We just want to try and attack it right out of the gate, as opposed to playing for a while and saying, 'Oh we're getting tired.'"
Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Inside the D-backs, and follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.