Willie Bloomquist could be available for Arizona's four-game set against the Pirates. The shortstop, who is battling back pain, has not played since July 29. "What I saw [Saturday], it was his first day on the field," manager Kirk Gibson said before Sunday's loss to the Phillies. "I don't know if he's tentative, I don't think he's feeling a lot of pain. I just think he's still a little stiff. We'll see how he does it [Sunday]. I want to be right about it." Bloomquist fielded grounders and took batting practice on Saturday and Sunday. He is hitting .299 with 20 RBIs this season. Pirates: Homestand gives fans chance to see new players
Pittsburgh's current roster is significantly different from the one Pirates fans saw on July 25, the last time the team was in town. Gone are the likes of Casey McGehee, Drew Sutton, Brad Lincoln and Gorkys Hernandez. Here to stay are Starling Marte, Wandy Rodriguez, Travis Snider, Gaby Sanchez and Chad Qualls. Since his July 26 call-up, Marte is batting .238 (10-for-42) with a couple of home runs. He's also struck out 11 times, and is still looking for his first walk. In two starts with the Pirates, Rodriguez is 0-1 with a 4.15 ERA. The lefty is scheduled to start Thursday. Sanchez is 2-for-9 in three games with the Pirates, with both hits coming in Sunday's win. Snider has seen action in five games, going 3-for-15 and scoring three runs. He's still without a homer in a Bucs uniform. As for Qualls, the reliever threw a scoreless inning on Friday, striking out one batter. Worth noting
Pittsburgh finished a 10-game road trip 6-4. The D-backs are 4-2 in the midst of their own 10-game road trip. The two teams met in the first half of the season, with the Pirates taking two out of three at Chase Field.