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Padres activate Blanks from the DL

Stephen Dunn

The San Diego Padres activated outfielder/first baseman Kyle Blanks from the disabled list on Saturday.

San Diego has played without Blanks since July 12, when he was diagnosed with tendinitis in both of his Achillies' tendons. For the past week, Blanks has been on a minor league rehab assignment for the past week, playing four games with Triple-A Tuscon and going 1-for-11.

The 26-year old was a consistent starte at both corner outfield spots and first base. for the Padres before he went down with injury. At the moment, the Padres have Yonder Alonso (although Alonso injured his hand on Friday) at first base and are missing Carlos Quentin and Cameron Maybin, likely meaning that Kyle Blanks will see most of his opportunities in the outfield.

A former top prospect, Blanks was having an average season for San Diego before his injury, hitting .256/.318/.425 over 67 games, smashing eight home runs. He started in left field for the Padres on Saturday. The return of Blanks is needed for the Padres at the moment as they have six starters out with injuries, Yasmani Grandal, Alonso, Everth Cabrera, Chase Headley, Quentin and Maybin.

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