Monday, April 11, 2011
Slow go with Blanks
The Padres were of some mind that Kyle Blanks, who had Tommy John surgery last July, would be playing by now, likely as a designated hitter with Double-A San Antonio. Instead, they hit the pause button to allow Blanks to build more elbow strength. Blanks "should be able to play some first base" when he returns, perhaps this weekend, said farm director Randy Smith. The Padres' first baseman of the future appears to be Anthony Rizzo, who's in in Triple-A, but I agree with putting Blanks, 24, at first when he's not in the DH role. It's his best position. Get him comfortable, then see how his bat plays.