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Padres option Layne, Blanks to round out roster

Padres option Layne, Blanks to round out roster

SAN ANTONIO - The Padres put the finishing touches on the 25-man Opening Day roster Friday night as they optioned left-handed pitcher Tommy Layne and first baseman Kyle Blanks to Triple-A Tucson.

Layne had a 9.90 ERA in 12 appearances this spring over 10 innings. He allowed 11 earned runs on 20 hits and had three walks and 15 strikeouts. Opponents hit .408 against him.

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Layne impressed late last season, posting a 3.24 ERA in 26 appearances. As it stands now, Joe Thatcher is the lone left-hander in the bullpen.

Blanks had one of the best performances of the spring, hitting .354 in 65 at-bats. He had three home runs and 14 RBIs.

"In Kyle's situation, he's got to establish himself again as a durable player, and he's got to play," said Padres manager Bud Black.

"His seasons have been interrupted due to injury. But he's very capable of being a good Major League player."

Black also confirmed that right-handed pitcher Tyson Ross will be the No. 5 starter in the rotation and will pitch on April 6 in Colorado.

Andrew Cashner, another candidate for the No. 5 spot in the rotation, has made the team as a long reliever, though the organization still wants him to become a starter.

Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. Keep track of @FollowThePadres on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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