Just got a press release from the Arizona Diamondbacks: they’ve named Willie Bloomquist Special Assistant to Diamondbacks President & CEO Derrick Hall.
Bloomquist will work on both the baseball and business sides of the organization, attending community events, meeting with corporate partners and interacting with season ticket holders. Bloomquist will also be in uniform during Spring Training workouts and will visit Minor League affiliates at various points in the regular season.
Bloomquist retired as a player in March after 14 seasons in the bigs, three of which came in Arizona. His longevity in the game was attributable in part to his versatility, likability and leadership skills. All of which would seem to fit pretty well in his new job.
CHICAGO — Chicago White Sox outfielder Eloy Jimenez has a sprained right foot, likely sidelining the slugger for a pivotal season-ending series against the crosstown Cubs.
The White Sox had dropped a season-high five in a row heading into the weekend set, falling out of first place in the AL Central. They are hoping to get back on track heading into their playoff appearance since 2008, but the health of Jimenez is a concern.
Jimenez, who is batting .296 with 14 homers and 41 RBIs, was injured sliding across home in the seventh inning of Chicago’s 5-4 loss at Cleveland on Thursday. Manager Rick Renteria said the 23-year-old left fielder will need “to be off his feet” for a few days.
“There’s inflammation in there and they want to calm it down” Renteria said. “We’ll know more in a few days.”
The White Sox trailed the first-place Twins by a game heading into the series with the Cubs. They are just one ahead of the third-place Indians. The AL postseason begins on Tuesday.