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Saturday, August 23, 2014

Athletics Injury Update: Kyle Blanks to have MRI


By on 8/23/2014 10:45:00 AM

The Oakland A's pulled to within a game of first place in the American League West with a 5-3 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday. Coco Crisp and Alberto Callaspo lead a 10-hit attack with two hits each. Sonny Gray pitched 8 1/3 innings to notch his 13th win of the season. On the injury front, Kyle Blanks appears unlikely to return anytime soon, as he's dealing with problems in both feet. He's been rehabbing from a torn calf muscle. 



It was reported on August 15 that Blanks, who's been on the DL for two months, is playing every other day for Triple A Sacramento. The team wants him to play a full nine innings before he returns.

An update on Blanks, as reported by Joe Stiglich of CSNBayArea.com, is that Blanks isn't likely to return any time soon.  He's been spending the last several weeks rehabbing a torn left calf muscle, but now a new problem has set him back. Manager Bob Melvin says there is an unspecified problem in both of Blanks' feet.
“He’s going to get an MRI today. He’s had a setback. It’s actually both feet now. During his rehab, for whatever reason he got really sore from the ankles down.”
With Blanks out, it appears Nate Freiman will continue to see playing time at first base against left-handed starters. Freiman is batting .245 with four home runs and 11 RBI, in 49 at bats this season.

Blanks, in his sixth Major League season, is batting .309 with two home runs and seven RBI in 55 at bats this season. He had his best season in 2009 with the Padres when he had 10 home runs, 22 RBI and a .250 average.  In 260 career games, Blanks has a batting average of .234 with 30 home runs and 105 RBI.




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