Free-agent right-handed pitcher Joe Blanton is trying to make a comeback to the major leagues. Blanton will hold an open workout, which includes a bullpen session, for teams interested in his services next week on February 4th, according to Tim Dierkes of MLB Trade Rumors.
Joe Blanton holding an open workout and bullpen session for teams on Feb 4 in Nashville area. He’s healthy and motivated to pitch this year. — timdierkes (@timdierkes) January 28, 2015
Blanton has been on a regular workout and throwing routine in prep for Spring Training. 34-year-old made 2 starts for OAK AAA team in ’14. — timdierkes (@timdierkes) January 28, 2015
The 34-year-old right-hander had previously retired from professional baseball last April, as he did not pitch in the major leagues all throughout the 2014 season. Blanton has not pitched in the major leagues since the 2013 season, where he went 2-14 with a 6.04 ERA in 28 appearances (20 starts) for the Los Angeles Angels.
Over his ten-year career, he pitched for the Philadelphia Phillies, Oakland Athletics, Los Angeles Dodgers and Los Angeles Angels. He has a career record of 85-89, along with a 4.51 ERA. In six different seasons, he has pitched in at least 191 innings.
The best way for Blanton to complete his comeback to the major leagues is by completing a good workout for teams next week. If he does that, he could latch on with a team on a minor-league deal that is looking for a fifth starter or middle reliever.
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