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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%: 2/0 | Average Draft Position: 383.71
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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.


Yonder Alonso could losing playing time to Kyle Blanks


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/6/2014) Padres manager Bud Black told MLB Network Radio Tuesday he's on the verge of giving more starts to Kyle Blanks at first base with Yonder Alonso struggling offensively.

"I might give Kyle some starts here moving forward, depending on matchup," Black said. "He's swinging the bat well, while Yonder's been struggling."


Kyle Blanks called up, Xavier Nady designated for assignment


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(5/5/2014) The Padres called up first baseman Kyle Blanks from Triple-A Tucson, where he's hit nine homers, reports MLB.com. He hit .243 with eight homers in 280 major-league at-bats last year.

In a corresponding move, the Padres designated right fielder Xavier Nady for assignment.


Kyle Blanks sent back to minors again


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(3/29/2014) Perennial prospect Kyle Blanks will have to wait a bit longer to make an impact on the Padres. He has again been dispatched to Triple-A Tucson.

Blanks batted .255 with two home runs and seven RBI this spring. He earned a career-high 280 at-bats with San Diego in 2013, but there was no room on the roster for him coming out of spring training this year.


Kyle Blanks avoids arbitration


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(1/17/2014) Padres outfielder Kyle Blanks has avoided arbitration with the club.

Blanks is set to make $987,500 next season. He's coming off a season in which he hit .243/.305/.379 in 280 at-bats.


Kyle Blanks bothered by Achilles and shoulder


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/26/2013) Padres outfielder Kyle Blanks was held out Thursday's lineup against the Diamondbacks because of Achilles and shoulder discomfort. He was also pulled Wednesday by manager Bud Black for rest and defensive purposes, according to MLB.com.

"Kyle is a little banged up but he's able to play," Black said. "I just thought today would be a good day for him to watch this one from the start and see where it ends up. There is a good chance he might be in there at some point in this game."

Kyle Blanks plays through illness


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/19/2013) Padres outfielder Kyle Blanks was not in the starting lineup Wednesday against the Pirates, but he was able to play just one day after leaving due to an illness. He was hitless in his lone trip to the plate as a pinch-hitter, and remained in the game to play right field after his at-bat in a 3-2 win. 

Kyle Blanks left with illness Tuesday


by Jack Moore | CBSSports.com
(9/18/2013) Padres outfielder Kyle Blanks left Tuesday's game with an illness, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports Wednesday. Blanks is expected to return to the Padres lineup Wednesday.

Tommy Medica outplaying Kyle Blanks


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/16/2013) Padres first baseman Tommy Medica, who homered for a second time since his mid-September call-up Sunday at Atlanta, was in the lineup for a sixth straight game Monday at Pittsburgh. His arrival has reduced Kyle Blanks to being just a part-time outfielder.

Medica, 25, hit .296 with a .372 on-base percentage 18 homers in 280 at-bats at Double-A San Antonio this year. Blanks is hitting just .222 (8 for 36) with no homers in 11 games since returning from an Achilles injury.


Padres activate Kyle Blanks; Option Anthony Bass


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(8/31/2013) The San Diego Padres have reinstated outfielder Kyle Blanks from the 15-day disabled list Saturday, MLB.com reports. The Padres have optioned reliever Anthony Bass to Triple-A Tucson to make room. 

Bass made two appearances during this stint with the club. He gave up five runs his last time out over 1 2/3 innings against the Dodgers. 

Blanks has hit .256/.318/.425 with eight home runs and 34 RBI in 219 at-bats as he returns for San Diego. He was out since July 12 due to an Achilles injury.