Leone was claimed off waivers by the Blue Jays on Friday, Steve Gilbert of MLB.com reports. Leone struggled out of Arizona's bullpen, but his minor league numbers are much better, and given his track record of good strikeout rates, the Blue Jays decided to take a chance on the right-hander. He's only 25, so he could develop a bit more and could become a bigger part of the bullpen if he can show more control.
Leone was recalled from Triple-A Reno on Tuesday. He posted a 7.52 ERA and 2.26 WHIP in 20.1 innings out of the big league bullpen earlier this year, and should serve as a low-leverage relief arm over the final month of the season.
Leone was optioned to Triple-A Reno on Thursday. Aside from a three-run meltdown against the Mets on Aug. 17, Leone had been solid out of the pen over the past two weeks. However, he had been used quite a bit of late, so the Diamondbacks optioned him and Steve Hathaway to get some fresh arms back up to the bullpen. Leone could rejoin the club once rosters expand next week.
Leone was recalled from Triple-A on Wednesday. Leone has been a solid reliever at the Triple-A level, posting a 3.86 ERA, 1.06 WHIP, and 8.67 K/9 in 29 games. The 24-year-old will look improve in his second major league stint of the season after giving up four earned runs in three innings in his previous call up.
Leone was optioned to Triple-A Reno following Saturday night's game. Leone recorded one out in Friday night's game, but also surrendered an earned run on three hits in the blowout loss. He'll now head back to Triple-A after just a short time in the majors, but remains an option for bullpen depth, if needed, later in the season.