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Diamondbacks utility man Geoff Blum fractures finger

Jul 25, 2011, 10:47 AM EST

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Less than two weeks after coming off the disabled list Diamondbacks utility man Geoff Blum is headed back to the shelf.

Blum, who missed the entire first half following knee surgery and has played just seven games all season, suffered a fractured right pinkie finger yesterday and is expected to be sidelined for at least a few weeks.

He initially tried to remain in the game after the injury, which came while fielding a ground ball, but couldn’t grip the bat and had “shooting pain” when he tried to throw an inning later.

Arizona’s decision to hand Blum a two-year, $2.7 million contract in November looked odd because he’s a 38-year-old career-long role player with a sub-.700 OPS, but now because of the injuries they haven’t even gotten the mediocre utility man they overpaid for.

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