The Diamondbacks appear to have settled on Chris Young as their leadoff hitter, at least in the short term, now that surprise fast-starter Willie Bloomquist will miss two weeks with a right hamstring injury.
Young was hitless in four at-bats while hitting leadoff for the fourth time in five games in a 7-5 victory over Philadelphia on Tuesday, although he made two running catches to take away extra-base hits.
Bloomquist, hitting .306 with a home run, seven RBI and seven stolen bases, spent most of the early season in the leadoff spot, initially when shortstop Stephen Drew missed the first week of the season with an abdominal strain and later as the de facto starting left fielder when manager Kirk Gibson chose to keep his bat in the lineup even against righties.
"He's set the tone and the pace," Gibson said. "He's very energetic. He plays very hard. He's good for our team. His game is speed and going all out, and he wasn't going to be able to do that."
Bloomquist is tied for sixth in the NL in stolen bases despite not running for a week. He started only once on a six-game road trip to Cincinnati and New York last week, feeling the injury before the final game of a three-game series at Cincinnati. Since he did not play against the Mets, he is eligible to return May 7.
"I'm on the 'dead' list, and I have to deal with it and get better," Bloomquist said. "The speed game is part of the game that I need. It's not like I can go out and hide it at a position where my bat will kind of carry me through those times. My game is my speed, and if I have a tweak with my legs, it is something I have to take care of. For me to go out and hobble out there on one leg ... wouldn't be the smart thing to do."
Josh Wilson had his contract purchased from Class AAA Reno when Bloomquist was placed on the disabled list Monday.
Ryan Roberts, hitting .333 with five homers and 15 RBI, has hit leadoff once since Bloomquist has been on the DL.
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