Blandino (knee) was activated from the injured list and optioned to Triple-A Louisville on Friday.
Blandino had been on the injured list since the beginning of the season after undergoing surgery to repair his ACL and MCL in July of 2018, but he appears to have finally returned to health. He'll remain in the minors for now, though a promotion could be in his future if he can get up to speed.
Blandino (knee) has appeared in five rehab games at Triple-A Louisville, going 4-for-14 with a pair of home runs and two walks.
Blandino is working his way back from the season-ending right knee surgery he required last July and will likely be kept in the minors for the entire 20-day rehab window or close to it. The 26-year-old had been a serviceable reserve infielder for the Reds before getting hurt last season, but the presence of other utility options like Jose Peraza, Kyle Farmer and Josh VanMeter makes it uncertain whether Blandino will have a role with the big club once reinstated.
Blandino (knee) will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Louisville on Monday, Bobby Nightengale of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Blandino hasn't played since surgery to repair a torn ACL and MCL last July. Given the length of his absence, his rehab assignment is unlikely to be brief.
Blandino (knee) was placed on the 10-day IL.
He had surgery to reconstruct a torn ACL and MCL in July of 2018, and is still working his way back. If he beats Scooter Gennett (groin) back, Blandino could get time at the keystone, but he could also be optioned to Triple-A.
Blandino (knee) will not be ready for the start of the season, Bobby Nightengale of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports. "We would love to have him ready," manager David Bell said. "I know he would love to be ready. It's just not realistic right now. As much as he's disappointed by that, he's come such a long way, I think he knows he has to be smart about it."
Blandino, who had surgery to reconstruct a torn ACL and MCL in July of 2018, is recovering slower than expected. While he's been able to field grounders and participate in batting practice, the outfielder still isn't ready for game action. As such, Blandino won't be able to get enough at-bats in before the start of the season, leaving him to open the year in the minors or on the injured list.
Blandino (knee) has been hitting and taking groundballs at the Reds' spring training facility, and expects to be ready by Opening Day, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports.
Blandino had surgery to reconstruct both a torn ACL and MCL, and he might not be ready for the start of full-squad workouts next week. When he is ready, he's far from guaranteed a roster spot.
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, Jesse 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 rest of 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.
Blandino hasn't started a game since May 20 against the Cubs, though he's been a pinch hitter in nearly every game that he hasn't started since the return of Eugenio Suarez. However, he is in the starting lineup Tuesday night against the Diamondbacks, batting leadoff and playing shortstop.
Blandino has hit .268/.355/.329 in his time with the big club this year, with just three extra-base hits and no stolen bases so far. Unless and until the Reds give up on Jose Peraza or decide to trade Scooter Gennett, there's just not a path for playing time for him. Making matters more urgent for him is that Nick Senzel just returned to Triple-A Louisville from extended spring training, and the Reds will likely want to get a look at him by the end of the summer.
Blandino will make his first MLB start at second base and bat eighth Thursday against the Braves, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports.
Since being recalled from Triple-A Louisville on April 9, Blandino has received all nine of his starts at third base, settling in as the primary option at the position while Eugenio Suarez (hand) was on the disabled list. With Suarez having made tremendous progress in his recovery and gaining clearance to come off the disabled list and return to the lineup Thursday, Blandino will no longer be in store for regular reps at the hot corner, but he'll stick in the starting nine thanks to his ability to play elsewhere in the infield. It's worth noting, however, that Blandino's inclusion in the lineup over the lefty-hitting Scooter Gennett likely has more to do with the fact that a southpaw (Sean Newcomb) is starting for the Braves. Expect Blandino to ride the pine more frequently and act as a utility man so long as he sticks around with the big club.
Blandino is not in the lineup for Monday's game against the Braves, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports.
Blandino is in the midst of a modest three-game hitting streak, but he'll head to the bench for a breather after starting each of the previous four games at third base. Cliff Pennington will start at the hot corner and hit seventh in his stead Monday.
Blandino is not in the lineup Tuesday against the Brewers, C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic Cincinnati reports.
Blandino started all four games in the weekend series with St. Louis, though he could only muster one hit in that span. This marks the second consecutive game in which he won't start, allowing Cliff Pennington to log another start at the hot corner.
Blandino was recalled from Triple-A Louisville on Monday.
This comes as little surprise, as the infield prospect was lifted from Sunday's Triple-A game almost immediately after Eugenio Suarez was revealed to have a fractured thumb. Blandino hadn't collected a hit with Louisville this season, but he produced an .834 OPS with the Triple-A club in 63 games with them last season. He figures to provide infield depth for Cincinnati while Cliff Pennington moves into regular duty at third base.
Blandino was removed early from his game Sunday with Triple-A Louisville, suggesting that he'll be recalled Monday by the Reds prior to Cincinnati's series opener in Philadelphia, C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic Cincinnati reports.
Blandino's departure came less than an hour after the Reds announced that everyday third baseman Eugenio Suarez suffered a fractured right thumb when Suarez was struck by a fastball from the Pirates' Jameson Taillon earlier Sunday. Cliff Pennington substituted in at third base in the bottom of the fourth inning and is expected to vie for starts at the hot corner with Blandino and fellow reserve infielder Phil Gosselin for the duration of Suarez's absence, which is expected to last multiple weeks. As a result, Blandino won't necessarily be in store for consistent at-bats in the wake of his callup, but he should at least get the opportunity to stake his claim to a regular role. The 25-year-old slashed .265/.382/.453 with 12 home runs and 51 RBI while splitting time between Louisville and Double-A Pensacola last season.
Blandino was optioned to Triple-A Louisville on Sunday.
Blandino -- who went 12-for-37 (.324) this spring -- did his best to work his way onto the Opening Day roster in a utility role, but the Reds ultimately decided it was best for the 25-year-old to begin the season in the minor leagues. His demotion to Triple-A likely means Phil Gosselin will crack the 25-man roster in a bench capacity. An inseason injury to one of the Reds' regulars could provide Blandino an opportunity to make his way back to the majors.
Blandino is still in consideration for winning the Reds' final bench spot, MLB.com's Mark Sheldon reports. Blandino is hitting .387/.424/.484 in 33 big league plate appearances through Sunday in spring training.
Working against Blandino is that he has options remaining and Cliff Pennington and Phil Gosselin, his veteran competitors, do not. Blandino was a first-round draft pick back in 2014 but has taken a long time to develop, finally having a breakthrough of sorts at two levels last year. His upside right now appears to be as a utility infielder, and the long-term prospects don't seem great with Eugenio Suarez and Nick Senzel locked in on the left side of the infield.
Blandino was added to the Reds' 40-man roster Monday to protect him from the Rule 5 draft.
Blandino reached Triple-A Louisville during the 2017 season. Upon his arrival he slashed .270/.390/.444 over 63 games. Although he hit well last season, the Reds may want the 25-year-old shortstop to spend a bit more time with Louisville before giving him a taste of the majors in 2018.
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