Kyle Blanks 1B TEX 4 hours ago

Blanks was placed on the 15-day DL on Friday with a cyst on his lower back, Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.

Blanks was held out of the lineup several times over the last week and will now land on the disabled list. The Rangers recalled Jake Smolinski in a corresponding move Friday.

Kyle Blanks 1B TEX 1 week ago

Blanks is not in the lineup Wednesday against the Royals.

Blanks will likely see a reduction in playing time moving forward following the activation of Mitch Moreland from the disabled list. However, his production at the plate could keep him in the mix for some starts.

Kyle Blanks 1B TEX 2 weeks ago

Blanks continues to play well for the Rangers, most recently going 3-for-4 from the plate Tuesday against the Astros, hitting a home run and driving in one run.

Blanks has only made six starts with the Rangers this season, but he's hitting .391 in that span and has an OPS of 1.266. However, his BABIP currently sits at .500, so expect his numbers to start to drop off over time.

Kyle Blanks 1B TEX 3 weeks ago

Blanks made his fourth consecutive start at first base on Sunday against the A's, going 0-for-3 with two walks and a stolen base.

The 28-year-old has made quite a splash in his first four games as a Ranger, hitting .333 with two home runs, four RBI and a stolen base, and could continue to occupy first base if he keeps performing well, as Prince Fielder is a huge defensive liability.

Kyle Blanks 1B TEX 3 weeks ago

Blanks, who was 4-for-5 with a home run Saturday night, will make his fourth straight start Sunday against the Athletics.

As long as Blanks stays hot, he can be penciled in as the starting first baseman in manager Jeff Banister's lineup. The 28-year-old slashed .327/.419/.635 over 62 plate appearances in Triple-A before earning the call-up, and should continue to see regular playing time until Mitch Moreland (elbow) is cleared to return. Blanks has started against both left and right-handed pitching, and appears to have the upper hand over Adam Rosales in the battle for playing time.

Kyle Blanks 1B TEX 3 weeks ago

Blanks is starting at first base and hitting seventh Wednesday.

The visiting Mariners will have Felix Hernandez on the mound, so Blanks is a bottom-of-the-barrel play in most formats Wednesday. With Mitch Moreland out two-to-three weeks, Blanks could start on a semi-regular basis at first base in the short term.

Kyle Blanks 1B TEX 3 weeks ago

Blanks will be added to the Rangers' roster Wednesday, the Dallas Morning News' Evan Grant reports.

With Mitch Moreland (elbow) out two-to-three weeks, the Rangers need another body to plug in at DH and first base on occasion. Blanks has some pop from the right side, with 30 career homers in 862 plate appearances, but he also has a career .234 average, and is rarely given the chance to play everyday. Texas will need to make a corresponding move to open up a spot on the 40-man roster Wednesday.

Kyle Blanks 1B TEX 2 months 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 3 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.