Last spring, Blackmon was hitting .375 through March 12 and was bidding to break camp with the big club. However, he went 1-for-14 over the next five games and missed the rest of the Cactus League schedule with turf toe -- an injury that dragged into the regular season. Blackmon didn't appear in the Majors until Aug. 18. He hit .283 with two home runs and nine RBIs in 42 games.
Blackmon, 26, a second-round pick out of Georgia Tech in the 2008 MLB First-Year Player Draft, is 4-for-7 with three walks and two RBIs in four games this spring.
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