Blanks was released by the Giants on Friday, Alec Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
The oft-injured first baseman batted just .232 in 34 games with Triple-A Sacramento, so the Giants opted to part ways with him to make room for other higher-upside prospects. Blanks has a good amount of big-league experience to his name, but his injury history could deter any potential suitors in free agency.
Blanks (Achilles) re-signed with the Giants on a minor league contract Friday, Matt Eddy of Baseball America reports.
Blanks missed all of the 2016 season due to a lingering issue with his Achilles, but when he's healthy, he possesses solid right-handed power. The slugger could compete for a bench role out of spring training, although his recurring health issues could hamper his ability to do so.
Blanks was scratched from Thursday's spring training game with a right Achilles injury, Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News reports.
Blanks has had surgery on both heels and was dealing with pain in that same Achilles earlier in spring training. Blanks is in the running for a bench job in San Francisco if he can get healthy, but if not, it will open the door for a player like Grant Green or Gorkys Hernandez to grab that open outfield spot on the Giants roster.
Blanks (Achilles) smacked his second home run of the spring against the White Sox on Monday.
Blanks is recovering from surgery on both of his Achilles tendons this offseason. His strong start in spring training is a good sign for his health and for his chances to stick with the Giants this season. Blanks was signed to a minor league contract in November, so the Giants weren't expecting him to be on the 25-man roster. If he can continue to flash his power then Blanks may force San Francisco's hand, especially considering their need for right-handed power off of the bench.
Blanks (Achilles) has agreed to a minor league contract with the Giants, pending a physical, Andrew Baggarly of the Bay Area News Group reports.
The "pending a physical" part is no formality with Blanks, who was limited to 18 games last season due to Achilles tendinitis, and had to have both Achilles' tendons operated on in the offseason. Blanks brings some pop and can draw a walk, but he's limited defensively. A short-end platoon role with Brandon Belt at first base would likely be a best-case scenario for Blanks in 2016.
Blanks has elected free agency, SB Nation's Chris Cotillo reports.
While Blanks fared well when on the field for a second consecutive season, his issues with Achilles tendinitis persisted, limiting him to a mere 18 games for Texas. He was outrighted off the Rangers' 40-man roster last week. The 29-year-old will look to latch on with another club, but his availability for the start of spring training is uncertain after he had surgery on both of his Achillies' tendons in September.
One-time premier power prospect Kyle Blanks has been outrighted off the 40-man roster by the Rangers, per Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
Blanks had surgery on both of his Achilles near the beginning of September and it remains to be seen how healthy he might be heading into the offseason. The 29 year old does have the option to become a free agent, so it remains to be seen whether he will accept his assignment to Triple-A Round Rock.
Rangers infielder Kyle Blanks will miss the rest of the season due to surgery on both of his feet, the team announced Thursday.
Blanks will have arthroscopic surgery on his right foot for a chronic condition Friday. He will then have the same surgery on his left foot in 4-6 weeks.
Kyle Blanks began his minor-league rehab assignment on Friday, going 0 for 3 as the designated hitter for Triple-A Round Rock. The Rangers' slugger has been out on the disabled list since the middle of June with tendinitis in his Achilles.
Rangers first baseman Kyle Blanks has been sent to Triple-A Round Rock to begin a rehab assignment. Blanks has been on the disabled list since June 18 with tendinitis in his Achilles.
Blanks has only appeared in 18 games for the Rangers this season, after missing previous time on the DL due to a pilonidal cyst. It is not yet known when the Rangers expect Blanks to be activated and return to the lineup.
Rangers first baseman Kyle Blanks, who is dealing with tendinitis in his Achilles, is headed to the disabled list, per the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
Blanks was scratched from Wednesday's game against the Giants. He was activiated from the 15-day disabled list on June 11 after dealing with a pilonidal cyst.
Rangers first baseman Kyle Blanks has been scratched from Wednesday's lineup against the Dodgers.
Blanks is dealing with Achilles tendinitis in his left and right tendons. With Blanks out of the lineup, Prince Fielder, originally not slated to start, will play first and hit fourth.
The Rangers activated first baseman/outfielder Kyle Blanks off the 15-day disabled list Thursday. Blanks has not played since May 19 due to a pilonidal cyst.
Blanks is batting .322 with three home runs and six RBI in 15 games this season.
Rangers outfielder/first baseman Kyle Blanks (back) could come off the disabled list as soon as Wednesday, according to MLB.com.
"That is a realistic possibility," Rangers manager Jeff Banister said. "It depends on how he responds through the day. We'll see how he feels after his workout."
Blanks, who has not played since May 19, took batting practice and ran the bases Sunday. He participated in full pregame activities Tuesday.
"Ultimately, I want to get as healthy as I can," Blanks said. "My body feels pretty good right now, and I'm ready to take that out there."
Rangers slugger Kyle Blanks, currently on the disabled list due to a cyst, is expected to travel with the team to Kansas City this weekend. Blanks has been out since May 22 , though he could be activated as soon as Tuesday in Oakland, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
Blanks will come back to a modest three-game hitting streak, during which he is batting an even .500 with a pair of doubles.
Rangers outfielder Ryan Rua (foot) is scheduled to start a minor-league rehab assignment on Wednesday with Triple A Round Rock, while first baseman Kyle Blanks (pilonidal cyst) will go to Arizona for extended spring training work on Thursday, per the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
Rangers first baseman Kyle Blanks will be held out of baseball activities for several days after undergoing surgery Saturday to remove a pilonidal cyst from his lower back, according to the Dallas Morning News.
It is the seventh time since 2009 Blanks has landed on the DL with an injury. Blanks is hitting .322 with six RBI in 59 at-bats this season.
Just as Rangers first baseman Kyle Blanks was beginning to live up to his potential, a pain in the butt cropped up.
Blanks has gone on the disabled list with a boil on his back side, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram has reported.
The 28-year-old Blanks had played only one game since last Friday, but is batting .500 (6-for-12) in his last three games and boasts a fine .322/.365/.542 slash line on the year with three home runs in 59 at-bats.
Rangers center fielder Leonys Martin is back in the starting lineup for Wednesday's game against the Red Sox. He will bat seventh in the order.
Martin was held out of Tuesday's contest with a left-hander on the mound, but socked a pinch-hit home run in the ninth inning.
With Martin back in the lineup, Delino DeShields slides over to left and Kyle Blanks will be on the bench.
Kyle Blanks has been too productive to remove from the lineup, so the Rangers have placed him in left field for the first time Friday night against Cleveland left-hander Bruce Chen.
Blanks, who had been at first base, emerged from a 1-for-15 slide with a three-hit game Tuesday. He is 5-for-15 with three home runs against southpaws. His slash line on the year is a fine .314/.364/.549.
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