Kyle Blanks was supposed to be demoted to Triple-A Tucson on Thursday when center fielder Cameron Maybin returned from a lengthy stint on the disabled list. People were upset.
Such injustice the world has never seen. Injustice, or hyperbole. I always confuse the two.
Then Yonder Alonso’s hand, which was injured when he got hit by a pitch last week, didn’t improve. Alonso replaced Maybin on the DL, forcing Blanks to make a last-minute change of plans and head to Denver instead of Tucson.
This time last year, Blanks was the injured one. He had surgery at the end of April 2012 to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder. The giant from New Mexico who once thrilled us with exploits that hinted at future greatness had six plate appearances all season.
His future looked murky, at best. As I wrote in Baseball Prospectus 2013:
At an age when he should be refining his game and gaining experience, Blanks is watching from the sidelines. His is a potential impact bat, but at some point the inj...