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88 Kyle Blanks 1B
Height/Weight: 6-6/264 | Birthdate: 9/11/1986 | Birthplace: Sellersville, PA | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Oakland | College: Yavapai College | MLB Experience: 6 | Owned/Started%: 1/0 | Average Draft Position: 385.60
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Kyle Blanks transferred to 60-day disabled list


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/24/2014) The Athletics transferred first baseman Kyle Blanks to the 60-day disabled list Sunday.

Blanks has missed a little more than two months since going on the disabled list, so the move is strictly procedural. He remains out indefinitely while dealing with an Achilles injury.


Kyle Blanks 'shut down for a while' with Achilles tendinitis


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/24/2014) Athletics first baseman Kyle Blanks will be "shut down for a while" with tendinitis in his injured Achilles, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Blanks has been on the disabled list since June 23 with the injury. He owns a .309/.409/.436 line with two home runs and seven RBI in 55 at-bats.


Kyle Blanks to have MRI Friday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/22/2014) Athletics infielder Kyle Blanks will have an MRI on his feet, according to the Bay Area News Group.

Blanks said both his feet have started bothering him on his rehab assignment. He's been sidelined since June 22 due to a calf injury. It doesn't look like he'll be able to join the major-league club any time soon.


Kyle Blanks has yet to play a full game of rehab


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/13/2014) Athletics infielder Kyle Blanks hasn't played a full rehab game yet, according to the San Francisco Chronicle

Blanks is attempting to return from a calf strain. He's been playing every other day at Triple-A, but hasn't played a full nine innings yet. Blanks could return to action soon despite not completing a game. 


Kyle Blanks reaches base three times in rehab game


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/10/2014) Athletics first baseman Kyle Blanks began a minor-league rehab assignment Saturday with Triple-A Sacramento, MLB.com reports. He went 1 for 2 with two walks and a run, in his first game action since suffering a calf strain.

Kyle Blanks to begin rehab assignment Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/8/2014) Athletics first baseman Kyle Blanks is set to begin a rehab assignment Satuday, likely with Triple-A Sacramento, MLB.com reports. Blanks is working his way back from a calf strain.

Kyle Blanks eyeing start of rehab assignment


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/7/2014) Athletics first baseman Kyle Blanks in tentatively scheduled to start a minor-league rehab assignment Sunday, MLB.com reports. Manager Bob Melvin has not indicated where he'll play his minor-league games.

Blanks is working his way back from a calf injury. He's been sidelined since June 22. He hit .309 over 55 at-bats this season.


Kyle Blanks does sprints Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/5/2014) Athletics first baseman Kyle Blanks did sprints around the bases Tuesday to test his injured calf, the Oakland Tribune reports.

Blanks hopes to begin a rehab assignment soon. He has been sidelined since June 22 with the injury.


Kyle Blanks to run the bases Wednesday and Friday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/3/2014) Athletics outfielder/first baseman Kyle Blanks (calf) will run the bases Wednesday and Friday, per MLB.com. If all goes well, then he will begin a rehab assignment.

Kyle Blanks doing 'a lot better'


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/23/2014) Athletics infielder Kyle Blanks is doing "a lot better," but remains at least a week away from a rehab assignment, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

Blanks has been sidelined since June 22 due to a calf injury. In 55 at-bats in the majors, Blanks has hit .309.


Kyle Blanks still 'at least a week away' from rehab assignment


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/18/2014) Athletics first baseman Kyle Blanks did some running in the outfield prior to Friday's game against the Orioles and is "at least a week away" from starting a minor-league rehab assignment, MLB.com reports. Blanks has been sidelined since June 22 because of a left calf injury. He remains without a concrete timetable for return.


Kyle Blanks has 'slight tear' in calf


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/4/2014) Athletics first baseman Kyle Blanks had a follow-up MRI taken on his injured left calf Saturday which revealed a more serious injury than initially thought.

Blanks, who has yet to resume physical activies, was diagnosed with a slight tear in his calf, according to CSNBayArea.com. His stint on the disabled list will now be longer than expected, though there remains no specific timeline for his return. 


Kyle Blanks yet to run


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/28/2014) Athletics first baseman Kyle Blanks has yet to run as he recovers from a strained calf, MLB.com reports.

Blanks has been able to hit and play catch, but the real test will be how his calf responds to running. He is eligible to come off the disabled list July 8; whether he is able to do so is up in the air.


Athletics put Kyle Blanks on DL


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(6/24/2014) The Athletics placed first baseman Kyle Blanks on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left calf. The move is retroactive to Monday.

Blanks was forced out of Sunday's game due to the injury, which he originally suffered Friday.


Kyle Blanks aggravates calf injury Sunday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/22/2014) Athletics first baseman Kyle Blanks left Sunday's game against the Red Sox with a left calf strain. Blanks came into the game as questionable because of the injury.

Derek Norris, Kyle Blanks able to go


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(6/22/2014) Athletics catcher Derek Norris (arm) and first baseman Kyle Blanks (calf) were back in Sunday's lineup against the Red Sox. Both players suffered minor injuries Friday and did not play Saturday.

Kyle Blanks should be back by Sunday


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/21/2014) Athletics first baseman Kyle Blanks was not available Saturday against the Red Sox due to a strained calf, suffered in the team's game Friday according to MLB.com.

Blanks strained his left calf Friday, but manager Bob Melvin expects the right-handed half of his first base platoon to be back in the lineup for Sunday's series finale against a lefty starter. 


Kyle Blanks hits second home run Saturday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(6/1/2014) Athletics first baseman Kyle Blanks hit his second home run Saturday.

Blanks led off the seventh inning against Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs. On the first pitch of the at-bat, Blanks belted an 89 mph fastball out to left center for the solo shot. He also walked during the contest. Blanks finished 1 for 3, with one run and one RBI.


Kyle Blanks hits first Oakland home run Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/26/2014) Athletics first baseman Kyle Blanks hit his first home run with his new team Monday while going 2 for 3 with a walk and three runs in his team's 10-0 win over the Tigers.

Blanks was just 2 for 10 with the Padres before being traded, but he's 4 for 14 with his new team, with three of his hits coming in his last two games. Blanks should continue to see time at first base against left-handed pitching.


Kyle Blanks may not be much better off


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(5/15/2014) The Athletics didn't just acquire Kyle Blanks from the Padres Thursday. They rescued him from a team that had no interest in playing him.

But here's the problem: The Athletics don't have a gaping hole either.

I've taken my turns hyping Blanks over the years, first as he entered his sophomore season after hitting 10 home runs in 148 at-bats as a rookie and, more recently, when he hit .283 with five home runs in 106 at-bats last June. But with this news, I'm taking my turn to be the wet blanket. The Athletics have already identified him as a platoon player, which means all he'll really do is cut into Josh Reddick's, Brandon Moss' and maybe even John Jaso's at-bats.

Could he force his way into the starting lineup full-time? Sure, he could. He has good power and a patient approach, which are two qualities Reddick has lacked since the start of last season. But for it to happen, not only would the Athletics have to turn the page from Reddick, but Blanks would have to put together a long enough hot streak to convince them they should.

There's a reason it didn't work out for him in San Diego. Right now, the only place I'm adding him is deeper AL-only leagues.


A's plan to use Kyle Blanks in platoon role


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(5/15/2014) The Athletics are planning to use outfielder Kyle Blanks in a platoon role at first, according to FoxSports.com.

Blanks will play first base against left-handed pitching. Over his career, Blanks has hit .237/.336/.397 in 224 at-bats against lefties. 


Kyle Blanks will be added to A's major-league roster


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(5/15/2014) Newly-acquired outfielder Kyle Blanks will be added to the Athletics major-league roster, according to the San Francisco Chronicle

Blanks is hitting .265, with nine home runs, in 83 at-bats at Triple-A. The Padres optioned him back to the minors to make room for Carlos Quentin. It's unclear what role he'll play with the Athletics, but he'll get a chance to show what he can do in the majors. 


Kyle Blanks headed from San Diego to Oakland


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/15/2014) The Padres have traded former top hitting prospect Kyle Blanks to Oakland for minor league outfielder Jake Goebbert and a player to be named, a source has told the San Diego Union-Tribune.

The 27-year-old first baseman, who was optioned by San Diego to the minors Tuesday, managed two hits in 10 at-bats this season. He has thrived at the minor-league level, but owns just a mediocre career stat line of .228/.310/.401 in the majors. But he has nine home runs and 20 RBI in just 83 at-bats with El Paso this season.

The Athletics are hoping a change of scenery will spur Blanks to fulfill his potential.


Kyle Blanks sent back to Triple-A


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/13/2014) The Padres optioned first baseman/outfielder Kyle Blanks to Triple-A El Paso to clear a roster spot for outfielder Carlos Quentin, who was activated off the 15-day disabled list. Blanks hit just .200 (2 for 10) with three strikeouts in five games.

Report: Kyle Blanks could be on verge of being traded


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/12/2014) Padres first baseman Kyle Blanks could be "on the move" soon, MLBDailyDish.com reports, adding that the Athletics are a possibility as a landing spot.

Blanks is 2 for 10 in five games with the Padres this season. Manager Bud Black said last week that he was on the verge of giving Blanks more playing time at first base.