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.

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 Keep track of @FollowThePadres on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.