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Kyle Blanks | Outfielder

Team: San Diego Padres
Age / DOB:  (27) / 9/11/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'6' / 270
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Padres optioned OF Kyle Blanks to Triple-A Tucson.
Blanks hit the ball well this spring, but the Padres simply don't have room for him on their 25-man Opening Day roster. He'll be up in San Diego eventually. Mar 29 - 3:16 PM

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Padres avoided arbitration with OF/1B Kyle Blanks by agreeing to a one-year, $987,500 contract.

It was Blanks' second year of arbitration eligibility. The injury-prone 27-year-old hit .243/.305/.379 with eight homers for the Padres in 2014 and made yet another lengthy trip to the DL. He'll back up at first base and the corner outfield spots in 2014.
Jan 17 - 11:47 AM

Bill Center of the San Diego Union-Tribune believes that the Padres could look to deal a reserve outfielder at the winter meetings, either Kyle Blanks or Jesus Guzman, for bullpen help.

Center notes that the Padres have nine players on the 40-man roster with major league experience in the outfield, but the team is woefully short on bullpen pieces. The 27-year-old slugger could be an attractive trade chip due to his massive power. Blanks slashed .243/.305/.379 with eight homers and 35 RBI in 88 contests during an injury-plagued 2013 season.
Sun, Dec 8, 2013 06:40:00 PM

Kyle Blanks is not in the Padres' lineup Thursday due to nagging Achilles and shoulder discomfort.

Blanks has been hampered by bother injuries over the last couple months. "Kyle is a little banged up but he's able to play," manager Bud 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."
Thu, Sep 26, 2013 07:11:00 PM

Kyle Blanks left Tuesday's game against the Pirates due to illness.

Blanks went 0-for-2 with a walk before exiting. There's a good chance he'll be back Wednesday.
Wed, Sep 18, 2013 11:54:00 AM

Padres activated OF Kyle Blanks from the 15-day disabled list.

Blanks missed seven weeks with an Achilles injury. The 26-year-old has good power and could be of use in deeper mixed leagues down the stretch if he can stay healthy.
Sat, Aug 31, 2013 04:05:00 PM

Kyle Blanks (heel) could rejoin the Padres on Saturday.

Blanks hasn't had any setbacks during his rehab assignment and could be activated a day earlier than expected. He has been out since July 12 due to an Achilles injury and is batting .256/.318/.425 with eight home runs and 34 RBI over 219 at-bats.
Sat, Aug 31, 2013 08:57:00 AM

Kyle Blanks (heel) could return to the Padres when rosters expand on Sunday.

Blanks has been playing in the outfield without issue during his minor league rehab assignment, and would bring a nice power option back to the Padres bench. He had clobbered eight homers and plated 34 runs in 219 at-bats before hitting the disabled list on July 12.
Fri, Aug 30, 2013 08:32:00 PM

Kyle Blanks (heel) will play the outfield in a rehab game Monday night at Triple-A Tucson.

Blanks was limited to DH duties in his rehab debut but feels well enough now to take the next step. He should rejoin the Padres when rosters expand in September and may hold NL-only fantasy value down the stretch.
Mon, Aug 26, 2013 09:09:00 AM

Kyle Blanks (Achilles) is set to begin a minor league rehab assignment on Saturday.

It still hasn't been decided whether that will be with Single-A Lake Elsinore or Triple-A Tucson. The length of his rehab assignment has yet to be determined, but he isn't expected to return to the Padres until early September.
Fri, Aug 23, 2013 11:38:00 PM

Kyle Blanks (Achilles) is likely to begin a rehab assignment early next week.

It's possible he'll begin one over the weekend, but early next week is more likely. Blanks tested out his Achilles on Monday and experienced only minimal soreness. "The test isn't necessarily the day of, but it's the day after and the days following," Blanks said Tuesday. "Today I feel fine. I'm ready to get going again."
Tue, Aug 20, 2013 11:06:00 PM

Kyle Blanks (Achilles) jogged for 15 minutes on a treadmill Thursday.

It's the first time he's done any running since being placed on the disabled list just over a month ago. Blanks' return date remains up in the air. "It’s not serious running, but it’s a step in the right direction," said Blanks. "I’m just trying to get my feet back under me and make sure everything is good. … It’s not something that I want to rush into because I feel like I will only get one chance to get it right. To this point it feels pretty good."
Fri, Aug 16, 2013 10:51:00 AM

Kyle Blanks (Achilles) won't try running until Thursday.

The Padres had been hoping he could test things out while they were in Colorado, but they'll wait until they return home. Blanks has missed the last 25 games. "He's feeling better, but we've decided to wait until we get back home," manager Bud Black said. "The soreness is decreasing."
Mon, Aug 12, 2013 10:04:00 PM

Kyle Blanks (Achilles) will attempt to resume running when the Padres are in Colorado next week.

Blanks has been sidelined since July 11 with tendinitis in both Achilles tendons. There should be a better idea about a timetable for his return once he resumes running, but he's still likely a couple of weeks away.
Fri, Aug 9, 2013 05:41:00 PM

Kyle Blanks (Achilles) is not close to returning to the Padres.

"It's bothersome, sore," Padres manager Bud Black said Monday of Blanks' Achilles tendons. "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." Blanks has been sidelined since mid-July, and it appears it will be at least well into August before he returns.
Mon, Jul 29, 2013 11:25:00 PM

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1B1Yonder Alonso
2Tommy Medica
2B1Jedd Gyorko
2Alexi Amarista
SS1Everth Cabrera
3B1Chase Headley
LF1Carlos Quentin
2Xavier Nady
CF1Will Venable
2Cameron Maybin
RF1Seth Smith
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PosRoleName
S1Andrew Cashner
2Ian Kennedy
3Josh Johnson
4Tyson Ross
5Eric Stults
6Robbie Erlin
7Cory Luebke
8Casey Kelly
9Joe Wieland
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Huston Street
2Joaquin Benoit
3Dale Thayer
4Nick Vincent
5Alex Torres
6Tim Stauffer
7Donn Roach
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