PHOENIX -- The way D-backs utility man Willie Bloomquist sees it, he really has no business playing in a baseball game on Wednesday."Blessed is the word," Bloomquist said, a day after his car was crunched in a collision on Highway 51 and Thunderbird in Phoenix. Bloomquist was following a trailer carrying granite countertops when one of those granite countertops fell onto the freeway and, in his words, "Blew up, like popcorn or something, all over the freeway." The person in front of Bloomquist slammed on his breaks, Bloomquist slammed on his brakes but the driver behind him didn't. He hit Bloomquist, who hit the car in front of him, totaling the 33-year-old's car. "It's done," he said of the car. "Totaled." On Tuesday night, Bloomquist led off the ninth inning with a groundout to shortstop after convincing D-backs manager Kirk Gibson he was ready to go. "I'd be lying if I said I wasn't a little stiff and a little sore yesterday," he said. Bloomquist led off and played left field on Wednesday.
Demel makes strides in recovery
PHOENIX -- D-backs reliever Sam Demel threw his second bullpen on Tuesday as he continues to come back from right shoulder tendinitis."It went really well," Demel said of the bullpen. "Kind of went at low intensity, about 75 percent but I feel good." Demel was placed on the disabled list on May 24. He has a 1.72 ERA in 21 appearances this season and has allowed only three earned runs. The right-hander endured a setback after his first bullpen over the road trip. "After the first one, he didn't bounce back the way we had hoped, so we shut him down and did some more strengthening," D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said. Demel said the strength in his shoulder just wasn't there from taking two weeks off. He is scheduled to throw another bullpen on Friday. "We'll see how it goes the next time," Demel said. "We'll crank up the intensity a little bit and go from there."
D-backs reach deals with seven draftees
PHOENIX -- The D-backs announced on Wednesday that they have agreed to terms with seven more picks from last week's First-Year Player Draft.The organization has now signed 30 of its 52 selections, including four of its first 10, according to scouting director Ray Montgomery. The players include: outfielder Justin Bianco (third round), right-handed pitcher Cody Geyer (14th round), infielders Carter Bell (29th round) and Tyler Bream (42nd round), and catchers Steven Rodriguez (15th round) and Zach Jones (34th round). Bianco is a high schooler from Peters Township High in western Pennsylvania. He hit close to .600 his senior season and drew the attention of Montgomery with his athletic build and above-average power and arm strength. Bell is an Oregon State junior who played for Team Canada last summer in the World Baseball Championships and Rodriguez is a UCLA junior who served as the backup of D-backs first-round selection Trevor Bauer. As far as Bauer and fellow first-rounder Archie Bradley, both remain unsigned.
"I don't know a lot about that," Bauer said about the signing process on Tuesday. "I haven't been informed too much."
Anthony Fenech is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.