Leake will opt out of participating in the 2020 season, Steve Gilbert of MLB.com reports. He was included on the initial version of the Diamondbacks' 60-man roster and would have been fighting for a rotation spot in July. While Leake is the first known player to opt out of playing this year, this shouldn't come as much of a surprise, as Leake has made just shy of $95 million in his career and there are obviously health risks involved with playing during a pandemic. Alex Young now appears to be Arizona's sixth starter in case one of the top five guys gets injured. Leake says he looks forward to playing in 2021. Arizona will either pay him $18 million next season for the final year of his contract or buy him out for $5 million.
Leake (wrist) is expected to be ready to pitch when MLB resumes its season, Steve Gilbert of MLB.com reports. Leake, who fractured his left (non-throwing) wrist during the offseason, had been behind other starters in spring training. His final spring appearance was when he threw five innings just before MLB closed its doors due to the coronavirus pandemic. At the time, the Diamondbacks were being careful and had the right-hander throw from behind a screen in a "B" game. In March, Leake was considered a possibility to be ready for Opening Day, so he will almost certainly be ready to start in late July.
Leake (wrist) threw five innings in a "B" game Tuesday, Richard Morin and Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic report. Leake, who is dealing with a fractured left (non-throwing) wrist, threw for the second time against live batters. It was under similar circumstances -- he threw from behind a screen and is not taking return throws from the catcher. Leake expects to be far enough along next week that he'll be able to take throws but is more worried about holding a bat. The mobility needed to manipulate a bat through a swing might be impacted. The right-hander still holds out hope of being on the Opening Day roster.
Leake (wrist) will throw in an intrasquad game Tuesday, Richard Morin of the Arizona Republic reports. This will be the second game thrown by Leake, who is working his way back from a fractured left (non-throwing) wrist. He is scheduled to throw five innings from behind a screen after throwing four innings during a simulated game under identical circumstances Thursday. "We're excited about that, knowing he's keeping his arm in shape and getting his baseball mind around what his process is all about. He's in a good spot," manager Torey Lovullo said. The manager was not ready to say that Leake will pitch in a Cactus League game after Tuesday's game.
Leake (wrist) threw 68 pitches over four innings in a simulated game Thursday, Daniel Kramer of MLB.com reports. Leake "struck out" five batters in a highly controlled situation, in which he threw from a behind a screen while still sporting a cast on his left (non-throwing) wrist. He'd only thrown bullpen sessions prior to Thursday, but the Diamondbacks wanted to get a look at the right-hander in an environment with batters.
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