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• Shortstop Willie Bloomquist (back) could be activated Saturday when rosters expand, but how much he initially plays remains to be seen.

After playing consecutive games Bloomquist seemed to stiffen up, so the D-backs will be cautious with him.

"When we bring him up and play him for a game do we have to sit him for a game?" D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said. "Probably initially we couldn't play him multiple games. Probably no risk in activating, but he's got to be able to play. You don't want to just activate him and not be able to play him."

• Gibson said that while he's not pleased with the results -- the D-backs lost six straight games entering Thursday -- he has been happy with the effort his team has put forth.

"The effort is there," Gibson said. "I think they get frustrated. In the last series, [the Reds] scored late on us, multiple runs on us and that kind of took the wind out of our sails."

• Left fielder Jason Kubel was out of the lineup Thursday after going 3-for-28 on the team's 10-game homestand.

"It seems like he's been struggling a little bit," Gibson said. "He pushed it hard in July and August and he's been struggling a little bit. He looked tired to me yesterday so we'll give him a day off today and maybe that will freshen him up a little bit."

• Shortstop Willie Bloomquist (back) could be activated Saturday when rosters expand, but how much he initially plays remains to be seen.

After playing consecutive games Bloomquist seemed to stiffen up, so the D-backs will be cautious with him.

"When we bring him up and play him for a game do we have to sit him for a game?" D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said. "Probably initially we couldn't play him multiple games. Probably no risk in activating, but he's got to be able to play. You don't want to just activate him and not be able to play him."

• Gibson said that while he's not pleased with the results -- the D-backs lost six straight games entering Thursday -- he has been happy with the effort his team has put forth.

"The effort is there," Gibson said. "I think they get frustrated. In the last series, [the Reds] scored late on us, multiple runs on us and that kind of took the wind out of our sails."

• Left fielder Jason Kubel was out of the lineup Thursday after going 3-for-28 on the team's 10-game homestand.

"It seems like he's been struggling a little bit," Gibson said. "He pushed it hard in July and August and he's been struggling a little bit. He looked tired to me yesterday so we'll give him a day off today and maybe that will freshen him up a little bit."