D-Backs Select Pollock from Reno, Place Blum on Disabled List

PHOENIX - The Arizona Diamondbacks announced today they have selected the contract of outfielder A.J. Pollock and placed infielder Geoff Blum on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left oblique (retro to April 17), according to D-backs’ Executive Vice President & General Manager Kevin Towers.

Pollock, 24, was hitting .340 (18-for-53) with 6 doubles, 5 RBI, 4 stolen bases and 6 runs scored in 12 games with the Aces in 2012. He entered the season ranked by Baseball America as the No. 6 Prospect in the D-backs’ organization and the Best Hitter for Average and Best Defensive Outfielder. Pollock, who will wear No. 11, has no Major League experience.

Blum, 38, went 1-for-11 (.091) in 8 games with the D-backs in 2012. He spent the majority of last season on the disabled list with right knee inflammation and a fractured right pinkie finger, appearing in 23 games and batting .224 (11-for-49) with 2 home runs and 20 RBI.