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88 Kyle Blanks RF
Height/Weight: 6-6/264 | Birthdate: 9/11/1986 | Birthplace: Sellersville, PA | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: San Diego | College: Yavapai College | MLB Experience: 5 | Owned/Started%: 1/0 | Average Draft Position: 450.50
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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. 


Kyle Blanks could return Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/30/2013) Padres outfielder Kyle Blanks may return to the team for Sunday's game against the Dodgers, U-T San Diego reports. He has been out since July 12 due to an Achilles injury.

Blanks has hit .256/.318/.425 with eight home runs and 34 RBI in 219 at-bats.


Kyle Blanks starts rehab stint


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/26/2013) Padres outfielder Kyle Blanks began his minor-league rehab assignment Sunday night with Triple-A Tucson. Blanks, who served as a designated hitter, finished 0 for 3 with a strikeout. He is expected to play the field Monday.

Kyle Blanks set to begin rehab assignment Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/24/2013) Padres outfielder Kyle Blanks will be the designated hitter for Triple-A Tuscon Sunday as he kicks off a rehab assignment, U-T San Diego reports. He is working his way back from an Achilles injury that has kept him out since mid-July.


Kyle Blanks ready for rehab


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/23/2013) Padres outfielder Kyle Blanks is scheduled to begin a minor-league rehab assignment with Class A Lake Elsinore or Triple-A Tucson this weekend, according to MLB.com. Blanks has been out since July 12 with a left Achilles tendon injury and could return as early as Sept. 1.

"Whether he comes back Sept. 1 if he has his legs underneath him and he's playing well and feels good physically, there's a chance that when we expand we bring him up," manager Bud Black said. "Or, we just wait until the end of Minor League season and get him up here. We want him to get as many at-bats as possible."

Kyle Blanks getting closer to rehab stint


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/21/2013) Padres outfielder Kyle Blanks is nearing a minor-league rehab assignment, manager Bud Black told MLB.com Tuesday. Blanks has been sidelined since July 11 with an Achilles injury.

Blanks would like to spend at least five to seven days in rehab. The Padres have not announced a date for the 26-year-old.

"I don't know if there's an ideal [number of games]," Black said. "But we want to make sure that he feels good, first of all -- that the heel, the Achilles all feel great."


Kyle Blanks jogs for first time since injury


by Jack Moore | CBSSports.com
(8/16/2013) Padres outfielder Kyle Blanks jogged on a treadmill for the first time since suffering an Achilles injury July 11, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

"It's not serious running, but it's a step in the right direction," Blanks said. Blanks has no timetable for a return and will likely miss another significant chunk of time with the injury. He is hitting .256/.318/.425 in 67 games for San Diego.


Kyle Blanks to resume running Thursday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/12/2013) Padres outfielder Kyle Blanks had the start of his running exercises pushed back to Thursday when the team returns home for a 10-game homestand, U-T San Diego reports.

Blanks has been on the disabled list since July 12 due to Achilles tendinitis. He has hit .256/.318/.425 with eight home runs and 34 RBI in 219 at-bats.


Kyle Blanks will start running next week


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/9/2013) Padres injured outfielder Kyle Blanks is expected to resume running as early as Monday when the Padres reach Colorado for a three-game series against the Rockies, U-T San Diego reports. Blanks has been sidelined since July 12 due to  tendinitis in both Achilles.

Kyle Blanks still at least two weeks away


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(7/29/2013) Reports are not very good on Padres injured outfielder Kyle Blanks, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports Monday. Blanks' sore Achilles has kept him out since July 12.

"It's bothersome, sore," said Padres manager Bud Black. "The doctors looked at him today and said it would be a couple of weeks. I'm not sure if that means he'll play in a big-league game in two weeks or if it means he can put on his spikes. Honestly, I don't think he'll be in the lineup in two weeks."

Report: Mariners have interest in Kyle Blanks


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/28/2013) The Mariners had a top-level scout taking a look at the Padres last week, according to FOX Sports. A source said the Mariners are looking for offense and have an interest in outfielder/first baseman Kyle Blanks.

However, Blanks continues to be sidelined by tendinitis in both Achilles and might not be close to returning as the July 31 trade deadline nears. 


Several Padres drawing interest on trade market


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/28/2013) Padres third baseman Chase Headley, outfielder Carlos Quentin and closer Huston Street are all likely to stay put as the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline nears, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. However, there is major interest for Padres setup man Luke Gregerson.

The Tigers are known to have interest in Gregerson, while 2-3 more teams are said to be in heavy pursuit of the right-handed reliever. Gregerson isn't a free agent until after the 2015 season.

Gregerson isn't the only Padres' player being discussed in trade talks. Heyman reports starting pitcher Edinson Volquez, reliever Joe Thatcher, outfielders Chris Denorfia, Will Venable and Kyle Blanks, as well as infielder Logan Forsythe are drawing interest.


Kyle Blanks unlikely to return Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/24/2013) Padres outfielder Kyle Blanks is first eligible to come off the 15-day disabled list Saturday, though it is unlikely he will be activated at that time, MLB.com reports. Blanks is being cautious in his recovery from Achilles' tendinitis.

"It's starting to feel a little better," Blanks told MLB.com Wednesday. "But for me, it needs to feel good. Time [off] helps, but there's that time-sensitive nature of missing time. When it first happened, I didn't think much of it. But then it got pretty bad. I want to make sure I'm ready to return."

Blanks has been out since July 11 and will likely require a rehab assignment before returning.


Kyle Blanks making progress in rehab


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/20/2013) Padres outfielder Kyle Blanks is making progress as he recovers from tendinitis in his left Achillies tendon, MLB.com reports.

"Still a work in progress, but I definitely feel like I'm moving in the right direction," Blanks said Friday. "I already see improvements in just the way I feel and how my body feels. I think just from there, it's a matter of doing everything [the trainers] let me do and seeing how it feels."

Blanks credits orthotics in his shoe for helping him progress more quickly during rehab.


Kyle Blanks hits the DL


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/12/2013) The Padres placed outfielder Kyle Blanks on the 15-day disabled list Friday with left Achilles tendinitis. Yonder Alonso was activated from the DL to take Blanks' roster spot. It is unclear when Blanks suffered the injury or how long he is expected to be sidelined. 

Kyle Blanks returns from day off


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/5/2013) Padres outfielder Kyle Blanks was back in the lineup Friday against the Nationals after sitting out Thursday's game with a sore heel. Blanks' injury was not considered serious, so his return to the lineup doesn't come as much of a surprise. 

Playing regularly aids Kyle Blanks' emergence


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/27/2013) Padres outfielder/first baseman Kyle Blanks is batting .301 (28 for 93) with a .527 slugging percentage, five home runs, six doubles and 18 RBI in 24 games in June. He said receiving regular at-bats with Yonder Alonso on the disabled list has been the key.

"It's nice that I can feel all the little stuff in my body, my swing, defense stuff, things like that," Blanks told MLB.com. "It's a little easier to monitor everything. With four at-bats [in a game], you have a lot to compare to. With a pinch-hit at-bat [one] night and a pinch-hit at-bat in two days, it gets tough to kind of see where you're at and how you feel -- the minor adjustments that do need to be made from at-bat to at-bat."

Staying healthy hasn't hurt either. Blanks said he changed his diet and pregame routine in an effort to avoid setbacks. He has been sidelined by plantar fasciitis, Tommy John surgery and a labrum tear in his shoulder furing his career.

"I feel like all the work before the games is what's keeping me healthy," Blanks said. "It's definitely the most work I've put into before the game of any year, and I think that's a product of years of trial and error."


Kyle Blanks walks off for the Padres


by Jack Moore | CBSSports.com
(6/25/2013) Padres outfielder Kyle Blanks hit a walk-off single in the bottom of the 10th inning to sink Philadelphia Monday night. 

Blanks finished 4 for 5 with a run scored and three RBI. All four of his hits were singles. The day raises Blanks's batting line to a robust -- particularly for Petco Park -- .285/.362/.485.


Kyle Blanks returns with a single


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(6/23/2013) Padres outfielder Kyle Blanks returned to the starting lineup Sunday against the Dodgers a day after being scratched with a sore back.

Blanks finished 1 for 4 with a single in a 3-1 loss. He has a hit in each of his last three games and is batting .269 with eight homers and 27 RBI in 160 at-bats.