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Friday, July 25, 2014

Mariners Injury Update: Willie Bloomquist placed on DL

By on 7/25/2014 04:30:00 AM

Seattle Mariners utilityman Willie Bloomquist has landed on the 15-day DL with a bruised right knee. Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune reports that Bloomquist suffered the injury when running to first base during Wednesday's loss to the New York Mets. Manager Lloyd McClendon told Dutton that the team couldn't afford to play short-handed while the veteran recovers:

“He’s really sore,” McClendon said. “The fact is, where we are, we can’t play without a utility infielder. It just doesn’t make sense. You have to have a backup infielder in case something happens.”
Bloomquist will undergo an MRI to assess the extent of the damage. The 36-year-old has been on the DL in each of the last three seasons with a variety of ailments, including back, thigh and hand injuries. He has become accustomed to playing almost every position and coming off the bench: in 13 seasons, Bloomquist has appeared in 1020 games, starting just 696 of those, and has started at every position except pitcher and catcher at least 16 times.

Shortstop Chris Taylor was called up from Triple A Tacoma to take Bloomquist's spot on the roster. Taylor is hitting a strong .328/.397/.497 at Tacoma this year, with 22 doubles, seven triples and five home runs.

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