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August 12, 2017 01:20 PM
Nationals' Joe Blanton: Continues to struggle
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Blanton has a 7.11 ERA and 1.61 WHIP with 29 strikeouts over 31.2 innings this season.

Blanton has little fantasy value at this point with the Nationals shoring up the back end of their bullpen at the trade deadline. The 36-year-old has been slightly better since coming off the DL in June with a 5.59 ERA and 1.40 WHIP across 19.1 innings, but isn't worth consideration in most formats.

July 13, 2017 03:48 PM
Nationals' Joe Blanton: Season struggles continue
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Blanton has a 7.36 ERA and 1.64 WHIP with 17 strikeouts across 22 innings this season.

The 36-year-old has been marginally better since coming off the disabled list June 11 (4.66 ERA and 1.24 WHIP over 9.2 innings), lowering his ERA from 9.49. Blanton has already given up eight home runs this season, but could still see higher-leverage situations if he can continue to improve, given the disastrous state of the Nationals' bullpen.

June 11, 2017 01:28 PM
Nationals' Joe Blanton: Activated from DL
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Blanton (shoulder) was activated from the 10-day disabled list Sunday, Chelsea Janes of The Washington Post reports.

Blanton landed on the disabled list May 17 due to right shoulder inflammation but was able to recently navigate through his rehab assignment without any setbacks. He'll rejoin the Nationals' bullpen where he previously held an unsightly 9.49 ERA over his first 12.1 innings of relief this season.

June 9, 2017 04:04 PM
Nationals' Joe Blanton: Roughly one week from return
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Blanton (shoulder) will need to pitch in back-to-back games prior to returning to full action, Jorge Castillo of The Washington Post reports.

Manager Dusty Baker commented that Blanton felt good Thursday evening in the first game of his rehab assignment, and he looked good as well. The veteran fanned two batters in a perfect inning of work for Double-A Harrisburg. If all goes as planned, it seems like Blanton could be back with the Nationals in about a week, although things should solidify as he makes more rehab appearances.

June 8, 2017 04:56 PM
Nationals' Joe Blanton: Gearing up for rehab assignment
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Blanton (shoulder) is scheduled to begin a minor-league rehab assignment with Double-A Harrisburg on Thursday, Jorge Castillo of The Washington Post reports.

While the length of his rehab assignment hasn't been specified yet, it appears Blanton is on the cusp of a return to the big-league bullpen. The 36-year-old struggled to a 9.49 ERA across 12.1 innings before landing on the DL, but the hope is that a healthy Blanton will be able to regain his form that saw him post sub-3.00 ERAs each of the previous two seasons. A more concrete timetable for his return should become available as he works through his rehab assignment.

June 1, 2017 10:36 PM
Nationals' Joe Blanton: Returns to mound Wednesday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Blanton (shoulder) threw a bullpen session Wednesday, Chelsea Janes of The Washington Post reports.

No news has emerged on how the right-hander felt following the outing, leaving him without a timetable for return. This is a big step for Blanton, though, as it seems like he's progressing. Prior to getting hurt, he struggled out of the Nationals' bullpen to the tune of a 9.49 ERA.

May 28, 2017 02:44 PM
Nationals' Joe Blanton: Throwing without pain
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Blanton (shoulder) is throwing at full intensity from 120 feet without feeling any pain, Chelsea Janes of The Washington Post reports.

The veteran reliever was constantly tinkering with his arm slot to try alleviating the pain early in the season, leading to some disappointing numbers. If Blanton's now able to throw without issue, he should be able to find his normal arm slot again and return to the form that saw him post sub-3.00 ERAs in each of the last two seasons. Until he gets back on a mound, though, there's no timetable for his return to action.

May 24, 2017 05:28 PM
Nationals' Joe Blanton: Resumes playing catch
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Blanton (shoulder) was able to play catch Tuesday, Chelsea Janes of The Washington Post reports.

Blanton was moved to the disabled list last week with right shoulder inflammation, and while it doesn't sound like he's on track to be activated when first eligible Wednesday, the 36-year-old doesn't look to be in store for an extended absence. With a 9.49 ERA and 1.95 WHIP over 12.1 innings, he's been one of several disappointing performers out of the Nationals bullpen this season.

May 17, 2017 04:48 PM
Nationals' Joe Blanton: Shoulder inflammation forces DL stint
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Blaton was placed on the 10-day disabled list Wednesday due to right shoulder inflammation, Dan Kolko of MASN Sports reports.

It's unclear when this issue cropped up, but it may be one of the reasons he's been so ineffective this season (9.49 ERA, 1.95 WHIP). No information on a timetable for Blanton's return has been revealed, either, but more details should emerge as he gets back to throwing. In the meantime, lefty Matt Grace will come up from the minors to fill his spot in the bullpen.

March 12, 2017 08:44 AM
Nationals' Joe Blanton: Clean outing in Nats debut Friday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Blanton tossed a perfect inning and struck out one in Friday's Grapefruit League game against the Cardinals.

His Nats spring debut went as well as the team could have hoped. Blanton will fill a key role in a bullpen that doesn't yet have an official closer, but he's more likely to be a contributor in holds than saves this season.

March 10, 2017 09:08 AM
Nationals' Joe Blanton: Logging first spring game Friday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Blanton will make his spring debut for the Nationals on Friday, according to manager Dusty Baker, Jorge Castillo of The Washington Post reports.

The right-hander, who's enjoyed a career revival as a reliever the last two seasons, was brought in to chew up important appearances in the late innings. He may be considered for save opportunities eventually, but the likelier scenario places him in a set-up role. Blanton remains a useful, cheap gamble for saves and a steady option for holds in leagues that count them.

March 3, 2017 03:24 PM
Nationals' Joe Blanton: Could see different roles
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Blanton, who signed with the Nationals on Feb. 28, will hold a prominent spot in the bullpen, though general manager Mike Rizzo said his role could vary, Mark Zuckerman of MASN Sports reports. "He's been a quality setup man for the last couple years. He's pitched multiple innings. So he could fit as a long man, as a setup man," Rizzo said. "He's just a quality major league reliever that has flexibility."

Zuckerman added that the right-hander could step in to close if a change if needed because of injury or poor performance, though it appears Washington favors to have him as a setup man to start the year, while Shawn Kelley, Blake Treinen and Joe Nathan -- perhaps also Koda Glover -- compete for save chances. The 36-year-old has enjoyed a revival as a reliever in the last two seasons (combined 2.65 ERA, with 9.2 K/9 and 2.4 BB/9), and he even held left-handed bats to a .237 wOBA last year. That may prompt the Nats to have him face tough lefty mashers late in games, though they may also use him for save opportunities with similar circumstances. Blanton isn't a bad speculation in NL-only games and deep mixed setups that value relievers with K and ratio help, yet saves don't look like they'll reside in his immediate future.

February 28, 2017 10:44 AM
Nationals' Joe Blanton: Signs one-year deal with Nats
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Blanton signed a one-year deal with the Nationals on Tuesday, Jorge Castillo of the Washington Post reports.

The 36-year-old spent last season with the Dodgers, posting a 2.48 ERA across 75 relief opportunities. The Nats likely view Blanton as a source of late-inning help, and it's possible he could be a factor in the team's search for a permanent closer.

September 22, 2016 12:58 PM
Dodgers' Joe Blanton: 1.17 ERA in 23 innings since the end of July
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Blanton has posted a 1.17 ERA in 23 innings since the end of July and continues to function as the team's top setup man.

Blanton has been good all year, but great lately. With a 2.34 ERA and 27 holds in 77 innings, his one-year, $4 million deal has been a bargain for the Dodgers.

August 12, 2016 08:42 PM
Dodgers' Joe Blanton: Reinstated from bereavement list
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Blanton (personal) was reinstated from the bereavement list Friday, David Vassegh of 570 AM Los Angeles reports.

Luis Avilan was optioned to make room on the roster. The 35-year-old Blanton has been a valuable source of holds over the past two and a half months as he's racked up 17 holds since the calendar turned to June, and he's even had value in deep standard-scoring formats as a ratios play.

August 8, 2016 07:44 PM
Dodgers' Joe Blanton: Placed on bereavement list
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Blanton has been placed on the bereavement list, Jack Baer of reports.

Blanton will be replaced on the roster by Josh Ravin. Players on the bereavement list must miss at least three games and no more than seven games, so Blanton will return to the Dodgers sometime between August 12 against Pittsburgh and August 17 against Philadelphia.

July 7, 2016 12:46 PM
Dodgers' Joe Blanton: 2.22 ERA in 44.2 innings as setup man
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Blanton tossed a scoreless inning with two strikeouts in Wednesday's loss to the Orioles.

Blanton now appears to be Kenley Jansen's top setup man. He's carrying a 2.22 ERA and 0.78 WHIP with a 46:13 K:BB in 44.2 innings.

May 29, 2016 08:22 PM
Dodgers' Joe Blanton: Puts up career best numbers
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Blanton has a 2.81 ERA and 0.78 WHIP after pitching 25.2 innings in 2016.

The 35-year-old righty has become the most-used pitcher in the Dodgers' bullpen, and rightfully so, as he's posting some of the best numbers of his career. His K/9 rate is currently 9.12, blowing his career average of 6.42 out of the water, and at 91.1 miles per hour, his fastball is the fastest it's ever been. While his 4.11 ERA for the month of May makes it look like his performance is trending downward, this is almost entirely coming from two rough outings where he gave up six runs in two innings. Apart from those two games, Blanton has given up only two runs across 23.2 innings in 2016.

April 22, 2016 09:39 PM
Dodgers' Joe Blanton: Earns first win of season against Atlanta on Wednesday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Blanton earned his first win of the year against Atlanta on Wednesday, allowing a walk and no runs in one inning of work.

Wednesday's win brings Blanton's record to a deceptive 1-1. He has had a solid year so far, with his only loss and only earned run coming on a solo home run on Apr. 6. His 1.50 ERA, 0.67 WHIP and 5:1 K:BB are great, but his lack of holds and saves limit his fantasy value in many leagues.

March 22, 2016 04:11 PM
Dodgers' Joe Blanton: Staying in the bullpen
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Blanton is not being considered as an option to stretch out for the back of the Dodgers' rotation, the Los Angeles Times reports.

With a slew of injuries this spring, including an oblique strain for Michael Bolsinger most recently, the Dodgers are looking at Carlos Frias, Zach Lee, and Brandon Beachy as potential replacements if Bolsinger is unable to avoid the disabled list when the regular season begins.

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