OAKLAND -- The A’s aren’t likely to get injured first baseman Kyle Blanks back any time soon.
Blanks has spent several weeks rehabbing a torn left calf muscle, but now he is experiencing unspecified problems in both feet, according to manager Bob Melvin.
“He’s going to get an MRI today,” Melvin said before Friday’s game against the Los Angeles Angels. “He’s had a setback. It’s actually both feet now. During his rehab, for whatever reason he got really sore from the ankles down.”
That’s not a precise explanation, obviously. But bottom line, it appears Blanks won’t be returning to the big league club anytime soon. He’s missed the past 50 games with what was originally a torn calf. Blanks has played in seven games with Triple-A Sacramento since starting his rehab assignment, during which time he’s played the outfield some in addition to first base.
This development means that right-handed hitting Nate Freiman figures to see continued playing time at first base against left-handed starters. Freiman is in Friday’s lineup, batting sixth against Angels lefty Hector Santiago. Los Angeles will start another lefty in C.J. Wilson on Saturday night.
Freiman homered three times in last weekend’s series at Atlanta. In five games total since being recalled from the minors Aug. 3, he is 4-for-14 with five RBI.