Gregor Blanco OF SF 6 hours ago

Blanco is out of the lineup Sunday against the Diamondbacks, MLB.com's Chris Haft reports.

Through the domino effect of Buster Posey getting a day off behind the plate, Blanco will be bounced from the lineup, as Posey handles first base while Brandon Belt covers left field. This sort of arrangement is only likely to occur on select occasions, so Blanco should still be in line for a full-time role with the Giants until Hunter Pence (forearm) returns to the lineup closer to the end of the month.

Gregor Blanco OF SF 4 days ago

Blanco is out of the lineup Wednesday, CSN Bay Area's Alex Pavlovic reports.

While Blanco is typically in the Giants' lineup, he is in there for defense, and not much else. So far he is batting .214 with zero homers and zero steals in 28 at-bats this season. Justin Maxwell will get a rare start in the outfield in Blanco's place Wednesday.

Gregor Blanco OF SF 6 days ago

Blanco went 1-for-4 with an RBI triple in Sunday's loss to the Padres.

Blanco has really struggled out of the gates, as Sunday's RBI was his first, and he has yet to steal a base this season. He should continue to see regular at-bats while Hunter Pence (forearm) is sidelined, but he needs to start contributing more to the offense otherwise he could lose playing time to the hotter-hitting Justin Maxwell.

Gregor Blanco OF SF 2 weeks ago

Blanco is out of the Giants' lineup Wednesday against the Diamondbacks, Amy Gutierrez of CSN Bay Area reports.

The Diamondbacks are starting another right-hander in Jeremy Hellickson, but Hellickson had a dramatic reverse platoon split last season, with right-handed batters combining for a .356/.424/.542 line against him. With that in mind, manager Bruce Bochy will go with Justin Maxwell in right over the left-handed-swinging Blanco, who is 1-for-8 with a double so far this season.

Gregor Blanco OF SF 2 weeks ago

Blanco started in right field for the Giants on Opening Day in a win over the Diamondbacks with Hunter Pence (forearm) on the 15-day DL. He went 0-for-4 from the plate with one strikeout.

Pence is going to be out for a few more weeks, so it's possible that Blanco continues to see some starts in the outfield. In 146 games for the Giants last season, Blanco hit just .260 and recorded an OPS of .707.

Gregor Blanco OF SF 1 month ago

Blanco suffered a contusion on the inside of his knee Monday but the injury is not believed to be serious, broadcaster Andrew Baggarly reports.

Blanco suffered the contusion after getting hit by a pitch in Monday's Cactus League game against the Dodgers. He should be considered day-to-day moving forward, although there doesn't seem to be any fear that his viability will be affected in the long-term.

Gregor Blanco OF SF 1 month ago

Blanco was removed from Monday's Cactus League game after getting hit by pitch in the knee, Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

The extent of the injury is unknown at the time, so it's possible Blanco left just for precautionary reasons. More news should be available after the completion of the game, but consider him day-to-day until there's a further update on his status.

Gregor Blanco OF SF 1 month ago

Updating a previous report, Blanco will likely start the season playing left field instead of right, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

The news doesn't change Blanco's fantasy value going forward, as he will still see the majority of playing time while Hunter Pence (forearm) is sidelined, with Juan Perez occasionally seeing starts against lefties.

Gregor Blanco OF SF 1 month ago

With Hunter Pence (forearm) likely not being able to suit up for Opening Day, Blanco will be asked to fill the void in right field, CSN Bay Area reports.

With Pence being unable to start the season, Blanco is slated to see regular time in the outfield, making him an intriguing short-term option for those looking for speed. In a semi-regular role last season (444 plate appearances), Blanco contributed 51 runs, five homers, and 16 stolen bases while slashing .260/.333/.374.

Gregor Blanco OF SF 3 months ago

Blanco agreed to a two-year, $7.5 million contract with the Giants on Sunday, avoiding arbitration, the San Francisico Chronicle reports.

Blanco's final two years of arbitration are now taken care of with his new contract. The 31-year-old outfielder will earn $3.6 million in 2015 and $3.9 million in 2016, according the report. Blanco put up another consistent season in 2014, batting .260/.333/.374 with five home runs and 38 RBI. He drew a good amount of walks (41) again last season, and limited his strikeouts to just 77 over 393 at-bats. He also displayed his abilities on the base paths, nabbing double-digit bases for the fourth time in the last five seasons. There's no reason to suggest his numbers won't be similar in 2015, assuming he receives similar playing time.