Bloomquist only ‘at 80 percent’

Port Orchard native Willie Bloomquist, sidelined by a strained oblique muscle on his right side, is probably “at 80 percent,” and might not be ready to be activated until the end of the month, Arizona GM Kevin Towers told the Arizona Republic on Monday.

Bloomquist opened the season on the disabled list after being injured late in spring training. The South Kitsap grad was coming off a season in which he hit a career-high .302. Pressed into the lineup on a regular basis after injuries to other players, Bloomquist  was the  Diamondbacks’ starting shortstop for much of the last two seasons. He missed most of the last two months of the 2012 season with a back injury.

Bloomquist, 35, is in the last year of a two-year $3.8 million contract, and during the offseason he talked about being a little smarter on how he prepares himself going into his 11th full-time MLB season.


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