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Gibson Opts To Sit Hot-Hitting Bloomquist

Tonight’s D-backs lineup features Stephen Drew back at shortstop, Gerardo Parra back in left field and… no Willie Bloomquist.

The utility man who opened the season on a 10-for-28 tear including back-to-back multi-hit games Wednesday and Friday was on the bench Saturday.

“He’s not starting,” Gibson said before Saturday’s game. “Just trying to keep everybody in the game. Looking at things over the long haul.”

Gibson seeks to keep Bloomquist fresh but cited a need to use other players who need to see action.

“He’s kind of a persistent guy, battles through a lot of things, shows great desire,” Gibson said of Bloomquist.