Kyle Blanks’ 2012 season is already over.
According to beat writer Dan Hayes of the North County Times, the 25-year-old corner outfielder needs surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder and will not return to action this year.
Blanks made just six plate appearances for the Padres this season, tallying one hit, one walk and two strikeouts for a .200/.333/.200 slash line.
He played in only 55 games in 2011 because of Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery and has been unable to build on the production he flashed (.868 OPS, 10 home runs in 54 games) as a rookie in 2009.
There were a few exhibitions against college teams yesterday but today the Grapefruit League and Cactus League schedules begin in earnest, with big league teams, more or less, facing big league team, more or less.
The baseball will look like baseball, but the teams will be wearing different caps today: black caps with the maroon “SD” of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where 17 people were killed in a mass shooting on February 14.
All teams and umpire crews will wear the caps pre-game, and they have the option to wear the caps during the games. The only two teams not playing today — the Royals and Rangers — will wear them tomorrow.
After the games players will sign the caps and they will be auctioned off to raise money for the Broward Education Foundation, which benefits the official Stoneman Douglas Victims’ Fund.
Here’s today’s schedule: