ATLANTA -- Willie Bloomquist was in the D-backs' lineup at third base on Thursday, the first time he's started at the hot corner since Aug. 28, 2010.
Bloomquist has gotten the majority of starts at shortstop this year while Stephen Drew recovered from his ankle injury.
"The fundamentals of the game stay the same," Bloomquist said. "You catch the ball and you throw it to the right base. You try to keep it simple and not try and do too much. I don't have to go over there and be a Gold Glove third baseman. I have to go over there and try to make the routine play and let the good plays take care of themselves just by being an athlete out there. My focus is to try to make the routine play."
With Bloomquist hitting .292 this year, D-backs manager Kirk Gibson wanted to try and keep his bat in the lineup even after Drew's return. Hence the start at third base, where Bloomquist has made 85 prior starts.
Bloomquist, who can play the outfield, shortstop, third and second, said that third base is the most challenging because of the longer throw and how quickly the ball gets on you.
Adjusting on the fly is nothing new for Bloomquist. During Spring Training in 2011, he did not play a game at shortstop, yet due to Drew's injury, he found himself in the Opening Day lineup at short this season.
"It's weird how the game does that to you," Bloomquist said.
Elbow tear comes as shock to Hudson
ATLANTA -- When he got the news on Wednesday that he had a complete tear of his ulnar collateral ligament, D-backs right-hander Daniel Hudson was shocked.
"It's something that nobody wants to hear, especially in my profession, being a pitcher," Hudson said. "It stinks. It's probably some of the worst news you can get. For somebody to tell you you're most likely going to require surgery and miss 12 months of baseball, that's not easy news to take. It is what it is. I've had some time to reflect upon it, and now it's time get it taken care of and go from there to try to get back on the field as soon as possible."
Hudson said he will get a second opinion from noted surgeon Lewis Yocum on Friday before making a definite decision on whether to have Tommy John surgery.
Since it was first performed in 1974, the surgery has become more and more refined, and the success rate for it has been far better than surgeries that involve the shoulder. The recovery time is generally 12 months.
"Obviously, the success rate kind of speaks for itself," Hudson said."People on my end, we're still keeping my fingers crossed. It's not a 100-percent success rate. ... I've got to go out there and get my rehab done and make sure I'm doing what I need to do to get back on the field as soon as possible."
Hudson said he was surprised to learn he had a complete tear because he did not feel a "pop" at any point in his elbow like some pitchers who have suffered the injury describe.
Elbow soreness was nothing new for Hudson, who said he has experienced some form of it for a long time. He added that he did not believe he was pitching through an injury when he took the mound on Tuesday in Atlanta.
"I didn't necessarily feel it when I was executing a pitch a couple of games before that," Hudson said. "What I meant to say was, I've always had general soreness in my elbow when I pitch. It's just the way I throw. Before this year, I've never felt anything in my shoulder. If I felt anything during a start or after a start, it was always in my elbow. That's just the way it was."
After a few days off, Young returns to lineup
ATLANTA -- Chris Young was back in the D-backs' lineup Thursday night after being given the past three games off while he put in extra work in the batting cage.
Young did pinch-hit in Wednesday night's game and blasted a home run, his first since April 16. Not coincidentally, that is also before he went on the disabled list with a shoulder injury. Red-hot at the plate when the injury occurred, Young has struggled since his return on May 18.
Young never likes to be out of the lineup, and while he knows he can be his own worst critic and he understood manager Kirk Gibson wanting to give him some time to clear his head, he was uncomfortable with the way some perceived it.
"I feel like the word has gotten out there, like I've given up or gotten discouraged," Young said. "I am hard on myself. I agree with that. But I don't get too down on myself to where I question my ability or question if I could contribute or help the team. I fully believe that every day I come to the field."
Gibson put Young in the No. 8 spot in the batting order and said he planned to play Young throughout the weekend series in Milwaukee.
"He's our center fielder," Gibson said. "I just wanted to give him some time to get away from the frustration and work on some things."
Said Young: "I made the best out of the situation. I did get some quality work in. That's what I'm going to continue to do."