Blandino (knee) was transferred to the 60-day DL on Thursday, C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic reports.
This was strictly a procedural move for the Reds as Blandino recently underwent season-ending surgery to repair his torn ACL. In a corresponding move, Jess Winker (shoulder) was put on the shelf while Mason Williams had his contract selected from Triple-A Louisville.
Blandino (knee) had surgery to repair his torn ACL on Monday, Bobby Nightengale of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Blandino is expected to need between 6-to-8 months to fully recover, meaning he'll likely be ready right around the start of spring training. He posted a .234/.324/.289 batting line with one homer and eight RBI over 69 games as a utility man for the Reds in 2018.
Blandino was placed on the disabled list with a torn ACL on Saturday.
Blandino suffered the injury in Friday's game against the Pirates. The severity of the injury will likely shut him down for the season. Brandon Dixon was called up to take his place on the roster.
Blandino suffered what appeared to be a significant knee injury late in Friday's loss to the Pirates, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports. "He was really sore. And he'll get some X-rays tomorrow, I believe get an MRI tomorrow. Hopefully it's something that will not be too devastating for him but certainly it's very unfortunate," Reds manager Jim Riggleman said after the game.
Blandino was trying to complete a double-play in the ninth inning of an 11-1 game when the Pirates' Max Moroff appeared to get his cleats stuck in the mud while stopping a slide and accidentally rolled into Blandino. Blandino wasn't able to put much weight on the knee and had to be helped off the field.
Blandino is getting a token start Tuesday against the Indians, playing shortstop and batting eighth. He's giving Jose Peraza a day off from the starting lineup.
Blandino is getting his first start since July 1, and has gotten only three at-bats since then. His reward for staying patient? A start against Trevor Bauer. He's hitting .221/.307/.279 on the season.
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