Kyle Blanks to 15-Day DL; Ciriaco DFA’d
Just as soon as Alonso and Gyorko returned, the Padres lost another player to the disabled list. According to the San Diego Union Tribune, outfielder Kyle Blanks is headed to the 15-day DL with Achilles Tendinitis, or inflammation of his Achilles tendon. The approximate time when this injury was sustained is unknown, but treatment is simply and requires ice and rest. Blanks should theoretically be back in the Padres lineup soon enough.
Blanks was batting .256 with 34 RBI and 8 homeruns in 67 games this season, and has alternated between Triple-A Tucson and the big league club a few times. Blanks is also no stranger to the disabled list, spending a lot of his early career between injury and Tommy John surgery. Blanks is a lifetime .231 hitter with 97 RBI and 28 homeruns in 213 career appearances. The move for Blanks may be only temporary so as to accommodate the return of Alonso and Gyorko as well, but only time will tell.
On the other side of the recent Padres roster moves, the Padres have designated infielder Pedro Ciriaco for assignment. Ciriaco was a recent pickup off of the Boston Red Sox, who had also DFA’d ciriaco earlier this season. Ciriaco bat .238 for the Padres this season, collecting 4 RBI and hitting 1 homerun with six stolen bases. Ciriaco is a veteran player who has jumped between Pittsburgh, Boston and San Diego, collecting a lifetime .279 batting average, collecting 34 RBI and hitting 4 homeruns over four major league seasons.