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