Kyle Blanks 1B TEX 1 month ago

Blanks was reassigned to minor league camp Monday.

Blanks signed on with the Rangers in December, but entered camp dealing with a left Achilles issue. He'll start the season in the minors, but if he can regain his health he could crack the big league roster at some point in the 2015 season.

Kyle Blanks 1B TEX 2 months ago

Blanks (Achilles) is scheduled to play in his first spring game Tuesday, the Fort Worth Star Telegram's Stefan Stevenson reports.

He had issues with both of his Achilles tendons dating back to the end of last season, so it is great to see him ready to get into game action early in Cactus League action. The Rangers have a lot of competitors for time in left field, but nobody who really stands out as a strong option, so there is a chance that Blanks could make the team as a part-time player out of camp.

Kyle Blanks 1B TEX 2 months ago

Blanks has been making strides in his recovery from a left Achilles issue, FOX Sports Southwest reports.The Rangers want Blanks to concentrate on his health, so they'll keep him out of the left-field mix early in sprig training and instead limit him to first base and DH. Blanks is a .244/.342/.409 career hitter against left-handed pitching but will need to prove the Achilles issue is behind him to have a chance at a short-end platoon role.

Kyle Blanks 1B TEX 4 months ago

Blanks has agreed to a split contract with the Rangers, Chris Cotillo reports.

If Blanks can recover in time for spring training, he could have a shot at making the major-league club with a strong showing. The 28-year-old hit well in a small sample last season, but with a regression-alert .395 BABIP. He should show some good power, but way too many strikeouts to reach a batting average viable for an everyday player at first base or designated hitter.

Kyle Blanks 1B TEX 5 months ago

The A's declined to tender Blanks (Achilles) a contract.

The writing for this move had been on the wall for several days, as the A's designated Blanks for assignment last Friday. Blanks, 28, is a .244/.342/.409 career hitter against left-handed pitching and will likely to look to earn a short-end platoon role or bench position elsewhere.

Kyle Blanks 1B TEX 5 months ago

The A's designated Blanks for assignment Friday.

A trade acquisition from the Padres in mid-May, Blanks hit .309/.409/.436 with two homers in 26 games with the A's before a bout of Achilles tendinitis derailed his season. With the team needing to clear room for several players following the Josh Donaldson trade to Toronto, Blanks and pitcher Josh Lindblom were both bumped from the 40-man roster, but the right-handed-swinging Blanks may very well get a chance to compete for a short-end platoon role with another club.

Kyle Blanks 1B TEX 8 months ago

Blanks (Achilles) was transferred to the 60-day DL on Sunday, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Blanks has already missed more than 60 days with the Achilles tendinitis, so the transaction won't do much to change his predicament. He remains confined to walking boot for at least the next week or two, after which he'll be able to begin taking part in more baseball-related activities.

Kyle Blanks 1B TEX 8 months ago

Blanks has been diagnosed with left Achilles tendinitis and there is no timetable for a return, CSN California's Joe Stiglich reports.

At this point it's safe to part ways with Blanks in most formats, as there's little over a month left, and he won't be playing everyday even if he is able to return this season.

Kyle Blanks 1B TEX 8 months ago

Blanks is experiencing a setback in his rehab, and is now having problems with both feet, CSN California's Joe Stiglich reports.

Originally it was his calf that forced him to the 15-day DL, but the A's are now giving him an MRI on his feet to see what the new situation is. It's now looking like the soonest he could return to the A's would be sometime in September.

Kyle Blanks 1B TEX 9 months ago

Blanks (calf) is expected to begin a rehab assignment Sunday, MLB.com's Jane Lee reports.

Blanks ran the bases several times this week, and it appears the results were favorable enough to clear him to participate in rehab games. First base has been a bit of a revolving door for the Athletics this season, so Blanks has a slight chance to see some playing time after going 17-for-55 at the dish during his prior time with the team.