Nagging right foot sends Blanks to DL
Strained arch to sideline rookie slugger for at least two weeks
MIAMI -- The Padres will be without one of their top sluggers for at least the next two weeks as he tries to recover from a nagging injury.
Kyle Blanks was placed on the 15-day disabled list prior to Saturday's game against the Marlins with a strained arch in his right foot. Prior to the injury, the rookie was hitting .250 with nine doubles, 10 home runs and 22 RBIs in 54 games this season.
"We wanted to see how Kyle was feeling, and after re-evaluating him today, the thinking was the soreness was at such a point that it would be best for him to go on the disabled list," Padres manager Bud Black said. "It's going to be at least 10 days to get it well."
The 22-year-old outfielder re-aggravated an earlier injury on Friday night while running the bases after he belted his 10th homer of the season.
"When I got around first base, something just kind of gave way," Blanks said. "Kind of like the first time."
Blanks, who originally injured his foot on August 22 while running the bases in the eighth inning of a 7-0 loss to the Cardinals, says the injury has lingered since then.
"Lately, it has been just hanging around," he said. "It's something that I'm trying to do everything I can for it to get better and now I have a little bit of time to do so. Hopefully it won't take too long, and hopefully it's nothing real major."
For the powerful 6-foot-6 outfielder, the toughest part is not knowing exactly what is causing the pain.
"It's tough because I still don't know exactly what it is completely, but I'm still here and get to watch these guys play," Blanks said. "It's tough to not be able to help, but at the same time, I still can be here and support the guys."
David Villavicencio is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.