LeBlanc was placed on the 45-day injured list Tuesday with a left elbow stress reaction. He is done for the season after logging an 8.06 ERA, 1.57 WHIP and 13 strikeouts in 22.1 innings. LeBlanc was on a one-year deal, so he may have to settle for a minor-league contract if he hopes to stay in affiliated ball in 2021.
LeBlanc will undergo an MRI after leaving Sunday's start against the Red Sox with left elbow discomfort, Jon Meoli of The Baltimore Sun reports. The veteran southpaw made it only two outs and 14 pitches into Sunday's outing before exiting with the injury. LeBlanc seems likely to miss at least one turn through the rotation considering it's an elbow issue, but the team is unlikely to have another update until it receives the MRI results Monday. Tom Eshelman -- who covered 4.1 scoreless innings Sunday to earn the win -- and Jorge Lopez would be candidates for a spot start should LeBlanc miss any time.
LeBlanc was pulled in the first inning of his start Sunday against the Red Sox due to left elbow discomfort, Jon Meoli of The Baltimore Sun reports. He recorded two outs and gave up a run on two hits before exiting. The Orioles probably won't offer a timeline for LeBlanc's return to action until shortly after the contest or prior to the team's next game Tuesday in Tampa Bay, but the southpaw seems likely to head to the injured list as a result of the elbow issue. Tom Eshelman came on to replace LeBlanc in long relief Sunday and could be sufficiently stretched out to make a spot start the next time the latter's turn in the rotation comes up Saturday against the Blue Jays in Buffalo. Jorge Lopez could be another candidate to make a spot start.
LeBlanc exited in the first inning of his start Sunday against the Red Sox due to an unspecified injury, Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports. He recorded two outs and gave up a home run and a base hit before departing. The nature of LeBlanc's injury isn't yet known, but it's believed to be arm-related, as Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com notes that the lefty's last pitch before departing was a curveball that was just 65.7 miles per hour. Tom Eshelman was summoned in relief of LeBlanc and could be the next man up to join the rotation if the southpaw is forced to head to the IL. LeBlanc carried a 7.89 ERA and 1.52 WHIP into Sunday's start, so his spot in the rotation may have already been on thin ice before he sustained the injury.
LeBlanc gave up five runs on five hits and two walks and struck out three in four innings in a no-decision versus the Blue Jays on Tuesday. LeBlanc again struggled through his turn in the rotation. A Randal Grichuk homer in the third inning accounted for two runs, and LeBlanc was relieved by Travis Lakins in the fifth during another Blue Jays rally. The 36-year-old LeBlanc has a 7.89 ERA, 1.52 WHIP and 13 strikeouts over 21.2 innings this season. He's pitched into the sixth inning just twice in five starts. The southpaw's next outing is expected to be Sunday versus the Red Sox.
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