Bloomquist likely won't be ready to return soon

Bloomquist likely won't be ready to return soon

SEATTLE -- Mariners utility infielder Willie Bloomquist met with doctors on Wednesday, and manager Lloyd McClendon said he'd know more on Thursday about the veteran's situation as he recovers from a bruised right knee that has sidelined him since July 23.

"It's not good," McClendon said after Wednesday's 7-3 victory over the Braves. "He's getting a second opinion. There's a chance he may have to do something to get it taken care of. He just has not progressed to the point where we think he'll be ready anytime soon."

McClendon said the option is likely either for extended rest or arthroscopic surgery.

Bloomquist, 36, signed a two-year deal with Seattle prior to this season. He's hit .278 with one home run and 14 RBIs in 47 games this season.

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