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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: Texas | College: Yavapai College | MLB Experience: 7 | Owned/Started%: 2/0
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Rangers 1B Kyle Blanks headed to disabled list


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(6/18/2015) Rangers first baseman Kyle Blanks, who is dealing with tendinitis in his Achilles, is headed to the disabled list, per the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

Blanks was scratched from Wednesday's game against the Giants. He was activiated from the 15-day disabled list on June 11 after dealing with a pilonidal cyst.


Rangers' Kyle Blanks scratched, Prince Fielder enters lineup


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(6/17/2015) Rangers first baseman Kyle Blanks has been scratched from Wednesday's lineup against the Dodgers.

Blanks is dealing with Achilles tendinitis in his left and right tendons. With Blanks out of the lineup, Prince Fielder, originally not slated to start, will play first and hit fourth. 


Rangers activate Kyle Blanks from 15-day disabled list


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/11/2015) The Rangers activated first baseman/outfielder Kyle Blanks off the 15-day disabled list Thursday. Blanks has not played since May 19 due to a pilonidal cyst.

Blanks is batting .322 with three home runs and six RBI in 15 games this season.


Rangers might activate Kyle Blanks from DL on Wednesday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/10/2015) Rangers outfielder/first baseman Kyle Blanks (back) could come off the disabled list as soon as Wednesday, according to MLB.com.

"That is a realistic possibility," Rangers manager Jeff Banister said. "It depends on how he responds through the day. We'll see how he feels after his workout."

Blanks, who has not played since May 19, took batting practice and ran the bases Sunday. He participated in full pregame activities Tuesday.

"Ultimately, I want to get as healthy as I can," Blanks said. "My body feels pretty good right now, and I'm ready to take that out there."


Rangers 1B/OF Kyle Blanks could be nearing return from DL


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6/4/2015) Rangers slugger Kyle Blanks, currently on the disabled list due to a cyst, is expected to travel with the team to Kansas City this weekend. Blanks has been out since May 22 , though he could be activated as soon as Tuesday in Oakland, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Blanks will come back to a modest three-game hitting streak, during which he is batting an even .500 with a pair of doubles. 


Rangers' Rua will start rehab; Blanks ready for extended spring games


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(6/2/2015) Rangers outfielder Ryan Rua (foot) is scheduled to start a minor-league rehab assignment on Wednesday with Triple A Round Rock, while first baseman Kyle Blanks (pilonidal cyst) will go to Arizona for extended spring training work on Thursday, per the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

Rangers 1B Kyle Blanks undergoes surgery on Saturday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/23/2015) Rangers first baseman Kyle Blanks will be held out of baseball activities for several days after undergoing surgery Saturday to remove a pilonidal cyst from his lower back, according to the Dallas Morning News.

It is the seventh time since 2009 Blanks has landed on the DL with an injury. Blanks is hitting .322 with six RBI in 59 at-bats this season.


Boil on backside has Rangers 1B Kyle Blanks placed on DL


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/22/2015) Just as Rangers first baseman Kyle Blanks was beginning to live up to his potential, a pain in the butt cropped up.

Blanks has gone on the disabled list with a boil on his back side, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram has reported.

The 28-year-old Blanks had played only one game since last Friday, but is batting .500 (6-for-12) in his last three games and boasts a fine .322/.365/.542 slash line on the year with three home runs in 59 at-bats.


Rangers CF Leonys Martin in starting lineup Wednesday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/20/2015) Rangers center fielder Leonys Martin is back in the starting lineup for Wednesday's game against the Red Sox. He will bat seventh in the order.

Martin was held out of Tuesday's contest with a left-hander on the mound, but socked a pinch-hit home run in the ninth inning.

With Martin back in the lineup, Delino DeShields slides over to left and Kyle Blanks will be on the bench. 


Kyle Blanks makes debut in left field Friday for Rangers


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/15/2015) Kyle Blanks has been too productive to remove from the lineup, so the Rangers have placed him in left field for the first time Friday night against Cleveland left-hander Bruce Chen.

Blanks, who had been at first base, emerged from a 1-for-15 slide with a three-hit game Tuesday. He is 5-for-15 with three home runs against southpaws. His slash line on the year is a fine .314/.364/.549.


Rangers' Kyle Blanks working through sore feet


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/14/2015) The Rangers aren't in a rush to have Kyle Blanks in the outfield because he experiencing some soreness in his feet, according to MLB.com. Mitch Moreland was reinstated from the disabled list, which could open the door for an appearance in the outfield in the near future for Blanks.

Blanks is hitting .314 (16 for 51) with three homers and six RBI in 13 games.


Rangers could move Kyle Blanks to outfield


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(5/7/2015) The Rangers called Kyle Blanks up to play first base with Mitch Moreland injured. But with Moreland's left elbow injury is nearly healed, Blanks may not be heading back to the minors. 

Blanks has impressed thus far as he held a .357 batting average entering Thursday's game against the Rays. He's hit three home runs and totaled five RBI. Therefore, the Rangers are considering moving Blanks to the outfield when Moreland returns. 

However, Blanks' injury history is a concern for the Rangers. At first, the risk of injury is a lot lower than in the outfield. 

"We are aware of that," manager Jeff Banister said, via MLB.com. "This is a big man and that is a lot of area and a lot of wear and tear. A guy swinging the bat like he is, you want to keep him healthy and on the field."


Rangers' Kyle Blanks collects three hits, including HR vs. Houston


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/6/2015) Rangers first baseman Kyle Blanks continued to swing a hot bat, collecting three hits, including a home run in Tuesday's 7-1 win over Houston. 

Blanks took Kevin Chapman deep in the fifth inning for a solo home run. He added a pair of singles and finished 3 for 4 with two runs scored and an RBI. Over his last five games, Blanks is hitting .450 (9 for 20) with two walks, a double, three homers and five RBI.


Padres newcomer Kyle Blanks slams four hits in victory


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/3/2015) Kyle Blanks has pretty much shot blanks when given the chance to play at the big-league level. But he has certainly taken advantage of his limited opportunity so far with the Rangers.

Blanks fell a triple short of the cycle as part of a wrecking crew Saturday night that buried Oakland. Batting fifth in the lineup, he doubled in a run in the first, singled in the third, led off the sixth with a home run and put the cherry on top with an RBI single in the seventh.

The former top prospect and disappointment in San Diego has blasted off in consecutive games and owns a 1.000 slugging percentage.


Kyle Blanks connects for first homer as a Ranger


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(5/2/2015) First baseman Kyle Blanks connected for his first home run as a Ranger on Friday in the team's loss to the Athletics.

Blanks, who signed as a free agent with the Rangers in the offseason, was recently recalled from Triple-A Round Rock.

His homer was his first in the majors since May 31, 2014, when he was a member of the A's.

Blanks' homer was a second-inning solo shot off A's starter Scott Kazmir.


Rangers 1B Kyle Blanks looks to make impact after latest call-up


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(4/30/2015) On Wednesday, the Rangers called up power-hitting first baseman Kyle Blanks to replace Mitch Moreland on the roster, as Moreland is recovering from left elbow surgery. Blanks signed a minor league contract with the Rangers in the offseason, but did not make the club out of Spring Training.

Blanks, who made his MLB debut in 2009, has had an injury-riddled career, as he has dealt with a number of foot and leg ailments. In 2010 he underwent Tommy John surgery. He started the 2015 season recovering from an Achilles injury. Now healthy, Blanks is ready to prove that he can contribute to the Rangers' offense, currently one of the worst in the American League.

"I know what I'm capable of doing on the field, it's a matter of staying there," Blanks said, per MLB.com. "I know I play hard, and if that's what has caused what's happened to me, so be it. I'm not going to stop trying to play the game the right way."

Blanks was hitting well in Triple-A this season, batting .327 with three home runs and 11 RBI in 52 at-bats prior to his call-up. He made his season debut with the Rangers on Wednesday, going 0 for 3 with two strikeouts while starting at first base. 


Rangers' Moreland undergoes elbow surgery; Blanks promoted


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/29/2015) Rangers first baseman Mitch Moreland underwent surgery to remove a loose body from his left elbow, per the team's official website.

Moreland was scratched from the Rangers' lineup on Tuesday after his elbow had locked up on him earlier in the day. He was placed on the 15-day disabled list. Texas purchased the contract of first baseman Kyle Blanks from Round Rock. Outfielder Alex Hassan has been designated for assignment to open space on the active roster.

Moreland started the year with a .304 batting average, a home run and nine RBI in 16 games.


Rangers reassign Blanks, Hoying, Martinez to minor league camp


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/23/2015) The Rangers have decided to reassign Kyle Blanks, Jared Hoying and David Martinez to their minor league camp Monday, the team announced.

Blanks hit .235 with two runs scored and six strikeouts this spring. Hoying hit.250 with one home run and five RBI. Martinez pitched in three games this spring, allowing one run and adding three strikeouts to his totals.


Rangers 1B/OF Kyle Blanks slated to make spring debut Tuesday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/9/2015) Rangers 1B/OF Kyle Blanks (Achilles) is scheduled to make his spring debut Tuesday against the Angels, per the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

Rangers' Kyle Blanks (Achilles) could play spring games next week


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/3/2015) Rangers first baseman Kyle Blanks, a non-roster invitee, took groundballs on Tuesday, as he continues to work his way back from an Achilles injury, the Star-Telegram reports. Blanks told reporters that he's taking a slow approach to his recovery, but remains hopeful of playing spring games as early as next week.

"I want to get on that path and stay on the path, not play to just to see how it feels," Blanks said. "It's more a natural progression but not over doing it."


Rangers' Kyle Blanks encouraged by Achilles recovery


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(2/21/2015) Rangers first baseman Kyle Blanks told reporters he's encouraged by his recovery from an Achilles injury, FOX Sports Southwest. Blanks, who is in camp as a non-roster invitee, has been running for nearly three weeks without any setbacks. He's not expected to play in the outfield to start out training camp.

Rangers' Kyle Blanks won't play in outfield at start of camp


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/10/2015) Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said Kyle Blanks, who will be in camp as a non-roster invitee, is making progress in his rehab from a calf injury, per FOX Sports Southwest.

Blanks isn't expected to factor into the left-field situation at the outset of camp since Texas wants him to focus on getting back to 100 percent. He will be limited to playing at first base and DH initially.

"He's one of those guys we'll probably take it slow early on," Daniels said. "There's some sentiment that as good as athlete he is for a big man to help keep him healthy we're probably going to keep him out of the outfield, at least early on. He's checked every box. He's been rehabbing out in Arizona."


Report: Rangers agree to minor-league deal with Kyle Blanks


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/15/2014) The Rangers agreed to a minor-league deal with outfielder/first baseman Kyle Blanks, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. 

Blanks has a career .234/.319/.407/.726 slash line over six MLB seasons. He also has 30 home runs, 37 doubles and 105 RBI in 260 games.


Report: John Mayberry, Jr., Kyle Blanks on Mets' radar


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12/4/2014) Free agent outfielders/first basemen John Mayberry, Jr. and Kyle Blanks are two nontendered players who are on the Mets' radar, Newsday reports.

Either player would fit the needs of the team as potential options at first base or in a corner outfield spot. Mayberry hit .212/.310/.425 with seven home runs and 23 RBI in 146 at-bats between the Phillies and Blue Jays in 2014. Blanks hit .309/.409/.436 with two home runs and seven RBI in 55 at-bats between the Padres and A's.


A's allow Kyle Blanks, Andrew Brown to become free agents


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/2/2014) The Athletics have non-tendered contracts to first baseman Kyle Blanks and outfielder Andrew Brown, according to MLB.com on Tuesday. Both players were designated for assignment earlier in the week and are now free agents.