Joe Blanton P PIT 2 months ago

Blanton will start against the Blue Jays on Saturday, Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star reports.

With Yordano Ventura (arm) ready to return from the disabled list, Blanton will still be booted from the rotation. He's just getting an extra start because the Royals were rained out Monday night.

Joe Blanton P PIT 2 months ago

Blanton fell to 2-1 after allowing five runs on five hits and four walks over just 2.2 innings Monday against Kansas City.

Blanton's control abandoned him, as he threw just four more strikes (39) than balls (35). Blanton had been stellar in a pair of starts but is also still stretching out his arm to accommodate the starting role, and it's unclear if he still has the stuff to regularly retire MLB hitters. Blanton had a 6.04 ERA in 132.2 innings in his last MLB stint in 2013, so he'll have to prove his first two starts weren't the flukes.

Joe Blanton P PIT 2 months ago

Blanton may receive another start early next week, manager Ned Yost told Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports.

After two straight impressive outings, Blanton may have earned himself another turn in the rotation. That said, Jason Vargas and Yordano Ventura's statuses early next week could ultimately dictate whether Blanton will make another start in the near future.

Joe Blanton P PIT 2 months ago

Blanton moved to 2-0 with another gem Monday against Seattle, as he allowed just one run on two hits and no walks over six innings with seven strikeouts.

Blanton threw only 80 pitches Monday as he is still stretching out after opening the season in the bullpen. Early returns in the rotation have been great for the new-look Blanton, as he has 11 strikeouts in as many innings without a walk and just two runs allowed. Blanton was solid across the board Monday night too -- 10 swinging strikes and five ground balls to go with the shiny line score.

Joe Blanton P PIT 3 months ago

Blanton (1-0) held the Brewers to one run on five hits while striking out four in Wednesday's 10-2 victory.

This successful debut in the rotation for Blanton carries forth what's been a solid (if small-sample) run out of the Royals' bullpen. With Jason Vargas injured, Blanton will get a chance to show this wasn't a fluke Monday against the Mariners.

Joe Blanton P PIT 3 months ago

Blanton will start Wednesday's game against Milwaukee, Jeff Flanagan of MLB.com reports.

A rain-out Sunday forced the Royals to make some adjustments, and Blanton will now throw Wednesday, rather than Tuesday, as originally planned. Chris Young will get the start Tuesday, followed by Blanton on Wednesday, Jeremy Guthrie on Thursday and Yordano Ventura on Friday.

Joe Blanton P PIT 3 months ago

Blanton will have his scheduled start Tuesday in Milwaukee skipped, Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star reports.

Blanton was a last-minute addition to the rotation following a sudden rush of injuries, but since Sunday's game was rained out, Chris Young will take his spot in the rotation Tuesday, while Edinson Volquez will remain Monday's starter. With Jason Vargas (hip) on the DL and Yordano Ventura's (hand) next start up in the air, Blanton may still need to be used as a starter later in the week. His role will likely depend on how these injuries play out, in addition to the projected return of left-hander Danny Duffy (shoulder).

Joe Blanton P PIT 3 months ago

Blanton will start for the Royals Sunday, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports.

The Royals' rotation has been hit hard with recent injuries to Jason Vargas and possibly Yordano Ventura, which will be Joe Blanton's cue to enter the rotation. Blanton did well in his 15 innings of relief for the Royals, registering a 1.80 ERA and 2.83 FIP. He's not an impact add, but at least a needed one for the Royals.

Joe Blanton P PIT 4 months ago

Blanton worked four innings in relief of Danny Duffy on Saturday, giving up one run on five hits and striking out two.

It was a solid effort, and with Duffy suddenly struggling badly, if Blanton keeps performing at a reasonable level in long relief he could get a crack at the Royals' rotation at some point.

Joe Blanton P PIT 4 months ago

Blanton was called up by the Royals on Saturday.

He will offer the Royals some depth in the bullpen, as a guy who can eat innings, but once Jason Vargas returns from the DL there's a good chance Blanton could be sent back down to Triple-A.