7/6/2013 2:01 A.M. ET
Fans help set record in charity raffle for firemen
By Tyler Emerick / MLB.com
PHOENIX -- Raising money for the victims of the deadly Yarnell wildfire in Northern Arizona, the D-backs sold a record-setting $100,049 in 50/50 raffle tickets during the club's game with the Rockies at a sold out Chase Field. Fans smashed the previous record of $35,757 set on Opening Day this season.
All of the proceeds will benefit the 100 Club of Arizona, American Red Cross, Prescott Firefighter Charities and other charities that will assist in the rebuilding efforts. Nineteen firefighters lost their lives on Sunday while battling the flames.
The team donned No. 19 patches on their jerseys Friday and a large black No. 19 was painted behind home plate.
The D-backs will donate the proceeds from the 50/50 raffle on Saturday and Sunday to the support efforts as well.
Bloomquist diagnosed with broken hand
PHOENIX -- Following an uplifting 5-0 victory over the Rockies, the D-backs were left with a sour taste in their mouths Friday night as the club found out Willie Bloomquist will miss 6-8 weeks with two broken bones in his left hand.
The veteran shortstop sustained the injury when he was hit on the hand by a pitch on June 26 and the D-backs placed him on the 15-day disabled list on Wednesday retroactive to June 28. Initial X-rays were negative, but a CT scan examined Friday by hand specialist Dr. Don Sheridan revealed the broken bones.
"I had a suspicion that's what it was," Bloomquist said. "It's frustrating, it sucks. It's another challenge I have to overcome, but these things happen. I'm confident I'm going to come out okay."
Bloomquist said one of the broken bones is identical to the one that D-backs second baseman Aaron Hill broke earlier this season. Like Bloomquist, Hill was hit in the hand by a pitch in April, and while initial X-rays were negative, a CT scan later showed the fracture, and he missed more than two months.
Bloomquist's other broken bone is located near his thumb. He was batting .292 (21-for-72) this season with nine runs and eight RBIs. The 35-year-old missed the first two months of the season with an oblique injury.
D-backs call up Brewer, Skaggs to bolster staff
PHOENIX -- Needing bullpen help after playing a combined 10 extra innings during their series in New York this week, the D-backs recalled right-hander Charles Brewer from Triple-A Reno on Friday and optioned outfielder Tony Campana back to the Minors. The club also optioned reliever Chaz Roe to Reno to make room for left-hander Tyler Skaggs, who started Friday's game vs. the Rockies.
In Thursday's 15-inning marathon against the Mets, the D-backs used all eight of their relievers and would've sent infielder Cliff Pennington to the mound if the game went any longer.
"We were pretty exposed," D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said. "You worry about hurting guys No. 1, then you also want to keep them effective. We had to make the move."
Friday marked Brewer's second stint in the Majors after he made two appearances for the D-backs in the middle of June, tossing 3 2/3 scoreless innings and striking out four. The Arizona native had a 3.38 ERA in three starts with Reno since he was last optioned back to the Aces.
"He'll in the bullpen as a long guy, but we'll pitch him anywhere," Gibson said. "Probably lean towards multiple innings though."
Campana went 3-for-10 with two stolen bases in two games with the D-backs in New York. He was initially promoted when Willie Bloomquist went on the disabled list.
"He did a good job, he came in and it was kind of a raw deal," Gibson said. "We needed pitching, but he came up here with a lot of energy. That's what he does, he's very aggressive and he puts pressure on the other team."
Roe appeared in three games after his contract was selected from the Aces on July 1, allowing two runs in 3 2/3 innings. He earned his first career win Thursday despite giving up a run.
• Even after Heath Bell blew his fourth save Thursday, D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said the right-hander will remain the club's closer. Gibson added that J.J. Putz, who was taken out of the role to straighten certain issues out, is starting to show signs of improvement.
• Still building up his arm strength after being placed on the disabled list on June 1 with right shoulder inflammation, Brandon McCarthy will throw another bullpen session this weekend at Chase Field. Gibson said he doesn't have a timetable for the right-hander's return, but at the earliest, it will be sometime after the All-Star Break.
Tyler Emerick is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.