Catcher Henry Blanco underwent successful surgery on Wednesday to repair a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his left thumb. The surgery was performed by Dr. Don Sheridan in Phoenix at the Orthopedic Surgery Center of Arizona. The club did not provide a timetable for Blanco's return.
Stephen Strasburg will make his first start at Chase Field on Friday, when the D-backs open a three-game series against the Nationals. Trevor Cahill will start for Arizona.
Second baseman Aaron Hill was out of the lineup on Wednesday for the second time in less than a week. Manager Kirk Gibson wants to give Hill multiple days off to keep him strong during this long stretch of games.
"Just one day off and then another 25 in a row doesn't really help you," Gibson said. "[I have to] just give him more than one day off in a week."
Look for recently added catcher Wil Nieves to get the start behind the plate in Thursday's series finale in place of Miguel Montero.
"Miggy wants to catch every day, but I'm not going to let that happen," Gibson said.