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Kyle Blanks | First Baseman

Team: Oakland Athletics
Age / DOB:  (28) / 9/11/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'6' / 270
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Athletics transferred OF Kyle Blanks to the 60-day disabled list.
This is merely a procedural move to create a roster spot for Geovany Soto who was picked up in a trade from the Rangers on Sunday. Blanks remains unlikely to return before the end of the 2014 campaign. Aug 24 - 4:41 PM

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Athletics manager Bob Melvin said Saturday that Kyle Blanks will be shut down for "a while" after an MRI revealed tendinitis in his left Achilles.

Blanks has been out since late June with a left calf issue, but it appears his Achilles is the bigger concern now. The 27-year-old missed a big chunk of last season with the same injury. He seems unlikely to make it back this year.
Aug 24 - 10:02 AM

Kyle Blanks (calf) will have an MRI on both his lower legs after suffering a setback during his rehab assignment.

Blanks has complained of his feet, legs and heels hurting, so he'll have an MRI to see if a source of the pain can be diagnosed. Blanks has been on the disabled list since June 23, and it's now in question whether we'll see him again this season.
Aug 22 - 7:11 PM

Kyle Blanks (calf) still hasn't played a full nine innings in the field on his rehab assignment with Triple-A Sacramento.

Blanks has been on the disabled list since June 23 and he recently embarked on the rehab assignment, but it appears he's still got work to do to get back to Oakland. He's playing every other day, another hurdle he'll need to clear before being activated, so a return in the next week or two appears to be the most likely scenario.
Aug 13 - 6:42 PM

Kyle Blanks (calf) will begin a rehab assignment on Sunday.

It's not clear which affiliate he'll be assigned to. Blanks has been sidelined since late June with a strained left calf but should return sometime next week if all goes well.
Aug 7 - 7:12 PM

Kyle Blanks (calf) ran the bases on Tuesday.

It should be the last step before he's cleared for a rehab assignment, which will likely come later this week. Blanks has been sidelined since late June with a strained left calf.
Aug 5 - 6:44 PM

Kyle Blanks (calf) isn't expected to begin a rehab assignment until next weekend or the following week.

Blanks' strained left calf is feeling better, but he'll need to show he can run the bases before being cleared for game action. He's been sidelined since late June.
Aug 3 - 2:42 PM

Kyle Blanks said Wednesday his injured left calf is "doing better, a lot better."

Blanks is dealing with a slight tear in the calf, and he's been on the disabled list since June 23. A's manager Bob Melvin said Blanks is nearing a rehab assignment but is still probably at least a week away. A return in mid-August appears like the most likely scenario for the 27-year-old.
Jul 23 - 6:51 PM

An MRI on Kyle Blanks' left calf has revealed a slight tear.

Blanks is eligible to return on July 8, but that won't happen. "He's gonna be a while," Athletics manager Bob Melvin said. There's no timetable for Blanks' return.
Jul 4 - 2:54 PM

Kyle Blanks (calf) is swinging a bat but has yet to do any running.

Blanks has been out of commission for the last week due to a strained left calf. It's not clear when he'll be allowed to do any running, but obviously that will be the biggest test to determine when he might return.
Jun 29 - 11:28 AM

Athletics placed 1B/OF/DH Kyle Blanks on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to June 23, with a strained left calf.

The injury has bothered Blanks for the past few days and now he'll get some extended rest. He's expected to be ready to do when first eligible on July 8. Josh Reddick has been activated from the disabled list in a corresponding roster move and will take his place on the active roster.
Jun 24 - 1:06 PM

Kyle Blanks was removed from Sunday's contest against the Red Sox due to a strained left calf.

Blanks had been dealing with stiffness in that same calf which caused him to sit out of Saturday's game. It's likely that he'll need a day or two to rest and recuperate before rejoining the A's lineup.
Jun 22 - 6:25 PM

Kyle Blanks is currently dealing with some stiffness in his left calf.

It's not a big surprise, Blanks appeared to be in discomfort while running the bases on Friday. Athletics manager Bob Melvin will likely try to stay away from using him Saturday at the very least.
Jun 21 - 2:35 PM

Athletics acquired OF Kyle Blanks from the Padres for OF Jake Goebbert and a player to be named later.

Blanks finally gets a change of scenery after posting a .712 OPS in parts of six seasons with the Padres. The 27-year-old first baseman and corner outfielder has a big body, enticing minor league power numbers, and was once rated a Top 50 prospect by Baseball America. The A's will hope some upside remains.
May 15 - 12:59 PM

According to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle, trade talks seem to be "heating up" between the A's and Padres over outfielder Kyle Blanks.

Blanks was optioned off the Padres' active 25-man roster on Tuesday to open up a spot for Carlos Quentin. He's blocked at multiple positions in San Diego (specifically first base and both corner outfield spots) and would probably benefit greatly from a change of scenery. The well-built 27-year-old is a .228/.310/.401 hitter with 28 home runs in 239 career games at the major league level.
May 15 - 12:50 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Derek Norris
2Geovany Soto
3Bryan Anderson
1B1Brandon Moss
2Stephen Vogt
2B1Alberto Callaspo
2Eric Sogard
3Nick Punto
SS1Jed Lowrie
2Andy Parrino
3B1Josh Donaldson
LF1Sam Fuld
2Jonny Gomes
CF1Coco Crisp
2Craig Gentry
RF1Josh Reddick
DH1John Jaso
2Kyle Blanks
3Nate Freiman
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Jon Lester
2Sonny Gray
3Jeff Samardzija
4Scott Kazmir
5Jason Hammel
6A.J. Griffin
7Jarrod Parker
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Sean Doolittle
2Ryan Cook
3Luke Gregerson
4Eric O'Flaherty
5Fernando Abad
6Dan Otero
7Jorge De Leon
8Evan Scribner
9Fernando Rodriguez
10Drew Pomeranz