Willie Bloomquist 2B/SS SEA 2 months ago

Bloomquist was released by the Mariners on Monday, MLB.com's Greg Johns reports.

Unsurprisingly, the Mariners couldn't find a trading partner interested in acquiring a 37-year-old utility infielder, and as a long-time major-league veteran, Bloomquist was unwilling to accept an assignment to the minors. Bloomquist will look around and explore his options elsewhere, but given his age and the woeful .159/.194/.174 batting line he submitted with the Mariners this season, it could be the end of the road for him.

Willie Bloomquist 2B/SS SEA 2 months ago

Boomquist was designated for assignment Thursday, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports.

The Mariners needed to make a move to clear a roster spot for shortstop Chris Taylor, and the 37-year-old Boomquist is the casualty. Bloomquist played seven-and-a-half seasons with the Mariners, but his effectiveness has diminished of late, and he no longer holds much value as a pinch hitter and utility defensive player. Bloomquist will be subject to waivers and is unlikely to return to Seattle. He took to Twitter on Thursday afternoon to express his gratitude to the Seattle organization.

Willie Bloomquist 2B/SS SEA 2 months ago

Bloomquist is in the lineup Wednesday against the Giants, batting seventh and playing left field.

Bloomquist hasn't started a game in left field since May 20 against Baltimore, but it's his career numbers against Madison Bumgarner that may have earned him a spot in the order Wednesday. He is 6-for-16 lifetime with a home run and no strikeouts against Bumgarner.

Willie Bloomquist 2B/SS SEA 4 months ago

Bloomquist went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts Monday in only his fourth start of the season.

Bloomquist has played only seven games this season, making his second start at first base Monday. His defense at shortstop, though, is not good, and he offers nothing at the plate. The Mariners probably would be better off calling up Chris Taylor to take his roster spot. The problem with that scenario, though, is the backup first baseman would be Rickie Weeks.

Willie Bloomquist 2B/SS SEA 5 months ago

Bloomquist finished the spring slashing .317/.349/.415 in 18 games.

Bloomquist underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right knee last August, but was able to return fully healthy for the spring. He figures to once again serve in a utility role in the Mariners' infield, but likely won't see too many at bats on a consistent basis.

Willie Bloomquist 2B/SS SEA 6 months ago

Bloomquist (knee) is scheduled to make his Cactus League debut Sunday, Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune reports.

The utility man is expected to see action at first base Sunday, but should gradually get reacquainted with multiple positions before the spring draws to a close. He's endured no setbacks with his surgically-repaired knee during workloads, leaving a return to games the last item on his recovery checklist.

Willie Bloomquist 2B/SS SEA 7 months ago

Bloomquist (knee) is expected to be ready for the start of the season, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports.A knee injury forced Bloomquist onto the DL shortly after the All-Star break and it was later determined that he needed microfracture surgery. The 37-year-old appears on track for Opening Day, with GM Jack Zduriencik saying that the team's recent signing of Rickie Weeks was unrelated to Bloomquist's health and that there's room for both players on the major league roster.

Willie Bloomquist 2B/SS SEA 12 months ago

Bloomquist (knee) was transferred to the 60-day disabled list Monday.

Bloomquist's season was already wiped away due to a right knee concern, which required microfracture surgery in early August. The move was merely procedural in order to open up a 40-man roster spot for a September call-up.

Willie Bloomquist 2B/SS SEA 1 year ago

Bloomquist (knee) had micro fracture surgery Friday and is done for the season, the Seattle Times' Ryan Divish reports.

This shouldn't come as a surprise, as we already knew he would need surgery, and the only thing that wasn't clear was how long he would be out. Feel free to cut ties with the utility infielder in single-season leagues.

Willie Bloomquist 2B/SS SEA 1 year ago

Bloomquist is scheduled to undergo arthroscopic surgery on his right knee Friday morning, MLB.com's Greg Johns reports.

Bloomquist's rehab hasn't been progressing as expected, so the infielder will now turn to surgery to correct the issue. His expected absence has yet to be announced, but it wouldn't be surprising to see him miss the remainder of the 2014 regular season.