Royals are only looking at Joe Blanton as a reliever

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Joe Blanton is attempting a comeback after briefly going into retirement and the veteran starter showed up to Royals camp in The Best Shape Of His Life, but if he makes the team it’ll be as a reliever.

Royals manager Ned Yost made it very clear that Blanton is only being considered for a bullpen job, telling Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com:

The only way he is really going to help us is in the bullpen. We’re not going to stretch him out.

It’ll be an uphill climb for Blanton, because the Royals’ bullpen is one of the best in baseball and there aren’t many openings up for grabs even if he somehow looks good after not pitching in the majors at all last season.

Blanton has spent a decade in the big leagues pitching for five different teams, but 248 of his 265 career appearances have come as a starter and his only year with more than three relief outings was 2013 after he got bumped from the Angels’ rotation for pitching terribly.