Willie Bloomquist, who has played a variety of roles for the Mariners this season, will undergo arthroscopic surgery on his right knee Friday in Seattle. The 36-year-old Bloomquist was injured while legging out an RBI groundout in the eighth inning July 23 against the New York Mets and placed on the 15-day disabled list the following day.
The Mariners said they will not project Bloomquist’s time of recovery until after surgery, which will be performed by Mariners medical director Dr. E. Edward Khalfayan.
Bloomquist has appeared in 47 games and is batting .278 (37×133) while playing seven different positions. He has played most often at shortstop, appearing in 16 games with 12 starts.
The Mariners began a four-game series with the Chicago White Sox Thursday night at Safeco Field. LHP Roenis Elias (8-9, 4.19) started for Seattle opposite RHP Scott Carroll (4-6, 4.36).
Sad news to hear but it the club isn’t willing to give a timetable yet there might be a chance for Willie to come back this season. All in all he’s been a plus for the club.
Willie has always been a plus for the M’s, past or present. It’s always good to have a guy like him who can play seven positions adequately, adds speed as a baserunner and is a better hitter than he’s given credit for (a .272 average over 13 seasons of never knowing when or where you’ll be used is nothing to sneeze at).
Willie’s had a nice career as one of baseball’s best, and most underrated, utility players over the past decade. Here’s hoping for a full recovery from surgery.