LeBlanc signed a minor-league deal with the Brewers on Tuesday and was assigned to Triple-A Nashville, Will Sammon of The Athletic reports.
LeBlanc made the Orioles' Opening Day roster but was released before the end of April after posting a 9.45 ERA and 1.80 WHIP in 6.2 innings. Given his age (36) and the fact that he had a similarly poor 8.06 ERA in 22.1 frames last season, it's possible his big-league days are over, but he'll serve as organizational depth for the Brewers for now.
LeBlanc has cleared outright waivers and elected free agency Thursday, Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports.
LeBlanc made six appearances (one start) for the Orioles to begin the season, struggling to a 9.45 ERA and 1.80 WHIP in 6.2 innings. He was designated for assignment Saturday but will now be free to sign with any team via free agency.
LeBlanc was designated for assignment by the Orioles on Saturday, Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com reports.
LeBlanc started the team's game Saturday, surrendering four earned runs on six hits and one walk across 1.2 frames. For the season, he now has a 9.45 ERA in six appearances. Zac Lowther will be recalled from the alternate site in a corresponding move.
LeBlanc will serve as the starter for Saturday's game against the Athletics, Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com reports.
LeBlanc has made five relief appearances to begin the season and posted a 5.40 ERA and 1.00 WHIP in five innings during that time. He hasn't thrown more than 24 pitches in any of his appearances this year, so it's not clear how long LeBlanc will be able to pitch against Oakland on Saturday.
LeBlanc allowed three runs on three hits over one inning in Tuesday's 7-2 loss to the Yankees. He failed to record a strikeout.
LeBlanc was called upon to pitch the eighth inning, but he gave up a three-run homer to Aaron Judge that effectively ended any chance of the Orioles making a comeback. The 36-year-old LeBlanc is expected to work out of the bullpen for much of 2021. If Tuesday is any indication of his performance this year, he'll be limited to low-leverage assignments.
LeBlanc has made the Orioles' Opening Day roster, Joe Trezza of MLB.com reports.
LeBlanc is expected to serve in a long-relief role this season, although he has enough starting experience to pick up a turn in the rotation if necessary. The 36-year-old southpaw made six starts for the Orioles last year, posting an unsightly 8.06 ERA and 1.57 WHIP across 22.1 innings. Without much of a chance at a late-inning role, LeBlanc won't find a home on many fantasy rosters.
LeBlanc still expects to break camp with the Orioles despite being released and returning on a split contract, Dan Connolly of The Athletic reports.
LeBlanc opted out of his minor-league deal and was released on Thursday, but that was evidently just a procedural move. Whether he pitches as a starter or reliever remains to be seen.
LeBlanc has returned to the Orioles on a split contract which will pay him $700,000 if he makes the big-league roster, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports.
LeBlanc was originally in camp as a non-roster invitee but was released Thursday after opting out of his minor-league deal. He'll wind up back in Baltimore but isn't expected to break camp in the big leagues.
LeBlanc was granted free agency by the Orioles on Thursday after opting out of his minor-league deal, Dan Connolly of The Athletic reports.
LeBlanc was serving as a non-roster invitee this spring and posted a 2.25 ERA with seven strikeouts in eight innings across three appearances (two starts) during Grapefruit League play. He presumably wasn't on track to begin the season in Baltimore's rotation and will now be free to search for a new club with just one week remaining before Opening Day.
LeBlanc signed a minor-league deal with the Orioles on Tuesday that includes an invitation to big-league camp, Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports.
The veteran left-hander will earn $700,000 if he cracks the major-league roster. LeBlanc started six games for Baltimore during 2020 and got roughed up with an 8.06 ERA, 1.57 WHIP and 13:8 K:BB over 22.1 innings before landing on the injured list with a stress fracture in his elbow during late August. The 36-year-old could easily earn a look at the back end of the Orioles rotation given the inexperience of the rest of the group.
LeBlanc (elbow) is healthy and expected to throw for MLB scouts within the next couple weeks, Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports.
The veteran left-hander was shut down in late August due to a stress fracture in his throwing elbow, but he's been throwing bullpen sessions and is ready to showcase himself for teams. LeBlanc had six starts with an 8.06 ERA over 22.1 innings during the shortened season for Baltimore before the injury, and he also struggled with a 5.71 ERA across 121.1 innings back in 2019. The 36-year-old is unlikely to receive any sort of guarantees for a starting role, but a strong showing in spring training could earn him a look as an option at the back end of a rotation.
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.
LeBlanc allowed three earned runs on six hits and three walks while striking out two Wednesday against the Phillies. He did not factor into the decision.
LeBlanc kept the ball in the yard but allowed multiple baserunners three of the four innings he pitched. While he has hasn't been effective this season, it's particularly noteworthy that he surrendered three free passes, as he entered the game having walked just two batters across his first three starts. He now owns a 7.13 ERA across 17.2 innings and will draw Toronto in his next start on Monday.
LeBlanc didn't factor into the decision in Thursday's meeting between the Orioles and the Marlins. He allowed six runs on seven hits and one walk while fanning one across 3.1 innings.
LeBlanc was lucky to avoid the loss, as he didn't have a good performance. The veteran left-hander has endured a tough start to the season, allowing 11 earned runs in just 14.1 innings across his first three starts. He will try to bounce back in his next scheduled start at Philadelphia on Aug. 13.
LeBlanc (1-0) allowed four runs on four hits and no walks while striking out four over 5.2 innings as he earned the win Sunday against the Red Sox.
LeBlanc wasn't particularly dominant in Sunday's start, but an early-game surge by the Orioles put him in line for the win in his season debut. The southpaw worked mainly as a primary pitcher with the Mariners last season while logging a 5.71 ERA and 1.45 WHIP over 121.1 innings in 26 appearances (eight starts). LeBlanc's next start should come at home Saturday against the Rays.
Manager Brandon Hyde confirmed LeBlanc will start Sunday's game against the Red Sox, Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com reports.
LeBlanc will follow Tommy Milone and Alex Cobb in the rotation. The southpaw, who earned himself a spot in Baltimore's rotation thanks to a strong showing in camp, is looking to bounce-back season after struggling to a 5.71 ERA across 121.1 innings in 2019.
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