LeBlanc will pitch out of the bullpen moving forward, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports. LeBlanc has struggled mightily of late, accruing a 7.76 ERA with 15 strikeouts over his last five outings (26.2 innings). Justus Sheffield is expected to take LeBlanc's place in the starting rotation.
LeBlanc allowed four runs on seven hits with no walks and two strikeouts across 4.1 innings during a no-decision in a relief appearance against the Rays on Wednesday. The 35-year-old again struggled as the primary pitcher after an opener, but at least he snapped his four-game losing streak thanks to a Mariners comeback in the ninth inning. LeBlanc, however, has a 5.74 ERA in his last five appearances. Overall, he is 6-7 with a 5.52 ERA, 1.40 WHIP and 78 strikeouts in 109.1 innings across 21 appearances, including eight starts, this season.
LeBlanc will serve as the Mariners' primary pitcher out of the bullpen in Wednesday's game against the Rays, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports. Working behind an opener is nothing new for LeBlanc, who has been used as a traditional starter for only eight of his 20 outings to date. The arrangement yielded promising results earlier in the season, but LeBlanc has been far less impressive while operating as a primary pitcher in his last three appearances. He's taken the loss each time while yielding 13 runs on 21 hits -- including six home runs -- and two walks in 18 frames.
LeBlanc (6-7) was hit with the loss after allowing seven runs on 11 hits and a walk while striking out three over seven innings Friday night against the Blue Jays. LeBlanc entered the contest in the second inning with a two-run lead, but he was rocked for three runs in the second, three in the third and another in the seventh on the way to a 7-3 loss. He's now been saddled with four straight losses, and he sits with an unimpressive 5.40 ERA and 1.39 WHIP with 76 punchouts over 105 innings this season.
LeBlanc will follow an opener Friday at Toronto, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports. LeBlanc has lost three straight decisions with a 7.04 ERA in those outings, but he'll once again work behind an opener Friday. The veteran left-hander has struggled this season with a 5.14 ERA, 1.37 WHIP and 73:23 K:BB through 98 innings.