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Athletics designate Kyle Blanks and Josh Lindblom for assignment

Mike Gallego, Kyle Blanks

Mike Gallego, Kyle Blanks


The trade between the Athletics and Blue Jays involving Josh Donaldson and Brett Lawrie has been made official.’s Jane Lee reports that the A’s have made a couple of additional roster maneuvers, designating outfielder Kyle Blanks and pitcher Josh Lindblom for assignment.

The Athletics acquired Blanks, 28, in a trade with the Padres in May, sending Jake Goebbert and Ronald Herrera to San Diego. In 56 plate appearances with the A’s, Blanks hit .333/.446/.489 but suffered from tendinitis in his left Achilles, keeping him out between late June and mid-August. He returned for seven games with Triple-A Sacramento before ending his season.

Lindblom, 27, joined the A’s last December in a trade with the Rangers involving Craig Gentry. Lindblom made only one start at the big league level for the A’s, allowing two runs in 4 2/3 innings. In 84 innings over 16 starts and one relief appearance with Triple-A Sacramento, the right-hander posted a 5.79 ERA with a 60/26 K/BB ratio.

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