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Blanks gets breather to rest Achilles, shoulder

Blanks gets breather to rest Achilles, shoulder

Blanks gets breather to rest Achilles, shoulder

SAN DIEGO -- Hampered by nagging Achilles and shoulder discomfort, Padres first baseman/outfielder Kyle Blanks was out of the San Diego lineup Thursday for the club's home finale a day after manager Bud Black removed him from Wednesday's game in the seventh for rest and defensive purposes.

"Kyle is a little banged up but he's able to play," Black said. "I just thought today would be a good day for him to watch this one from the start and see where it ends up. There is a good chance he might be in there at some point in this game."

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Blanks missed half of July and most of August on the disabled list with an Achilles injury, and he has batted .197 in 61 at-bats since returning.

"He's banged up like a lot of guys," Black said. "This time of year, there are a lot of guys that have bumps and bruises of 162 [games]."

Tyler Emerick is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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