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.
LeBlanc had his contract selected by the Orioles on Wednesday.
The veteran left-hander wasn't officially on Baltimore's 40-man roster, but he was already lining up to start the team's third game of the season in Boston. LeBlanc struggled with a 5.71 ERA in 2019, but he'll look to recapture his form from the previous year when he had a 3.72 ERA, 1.18 WHIP and 130:40 K:BB over 162 frames.
LeBlanc lines up to start the third game of the season in Boston, Steve Melewski of MASNSports.com reports.
He is not even on the 40-man roster yet but is expected to follow John Means and Alex Cobb in the rotation. The trio will start the Orioles' three exhibition games in advance of the opening series against the Red Sox. LeBlanc threw five scoreless innings in Saturday's intrasquad game and should not face a workload restriction early in the season.
LeBlanc threw four innings of live batting practice Monday at Oriole Park, Joe Trezza of MLB.com reports.
While he has not yet been added to the 40-man roster, the expectation is that LeBlanc will open the year in Baltimore's rotation. He and Alex Cobb each threw four innings in this controlled environment and should gradually continue to build up their workloads during summer camp. The 35-year-old lefty has had an ERA of 4.50 or higher in two of the last three seasons and logged a below-average 17.3 percent strikeout rate in 2019.
LeBlanc will be a part of the Orioles' 60-man player pool this season.
While he is not on the 40-man roster, LeBlanc seemed to be on track to break camp in the Orioles' rotation before spring training was shut down. Even so, the 35-year-old lefty has had an ERA of 4.50 or higher in two of the last three seasons and logged a below-average 17.3 percent strikeout rate in 2019.
LeBlanc will likely have a spot in the Orioles' starting rotation once the season begins, Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com reports.
LeBlanc signed a minor-league deal with the Orioles during the offseason after putting together a lackluster campaign with the Mariners in 2019, but the 35-year-old should make the major-league roster to begin the season. LeBlanc allowed one earned run off two hits while recording six strikeouts over five innings this spring.
LeBlanc signed a minor-league deal with the Orioles on Tuesday, Jeff Passan of ESPN.com reports.
LeBlanc worked as a starter/primary pitcher for the Mariners last season, but he mostly struggled with a 5.71 ERA, 1.45 WHIP and 92:31 K:BB over 121.1 innings, leading to his $5 million club option for 2020 being declined. The veteran left-hander is a likely candidate to earn a spot in Baltimore's starting rotation with a decent showing in spring training.
LeBlanc's $5 million club option for 2020 was declined by the Mariners, making him a free agent, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports.
The 35-year-old posted a 5.71 ERA over 26 appearances (eight starts) in 2019, which was his worst ERA since his rookie season. LeBlanc allowed only 31 walks over 121.1 innings last season, but gave up a career-worst 28 home runs, and he'll now try to find a place on a new team after spending the past two years in Seattle.
LeBlanc allowed three earned runs on three hits and two walks across two innings in a loss to the White Sox on Friday. He struck out two.
The veteran left-hander was called on with just one out in the third following a forgettable starting effort by Yusei Kikuchi, one that saw the southpaw allow five earned runs on 10 hits while throwing an elevated 60 pitches. LeBlanc stayed away from the long ball, but he allowed a pair of two-baggers to Tim Anderson and Yoan Moncada, leading to his third straight three-run appearance. LeBlanc continues to be deployed in multiple roles this season, but none have ultimately proven a good fit -- factoring in his latest stumble, the 35-year-old owns a 5.71 ERA and 1.45 WHIP across 121.1 frames in 2019.
LeBlanc served up three runs on six hits and two walks while striking out five in three innings of relief Sunday in the Mariners' 21-1 loss to the Astros.
LeBlanc entered the contest with the Mariners already trailing 13-1 and managed to make the deficit even worse for his squad. No matter whether he's been deployed as a traditional starter, primary pitcher or mop-up man out of the bullpen, LeBlanc has been a disaster, posting a 5.58 ERA and 1.43 WHIP in 119.1 innings. The Mariners hold a $5 million club option on LeBlanc for 2020, but his performance this season might prompt the organization to part ways with him over the winter.
LeBlanc allowed an earned run on three hits and two walks over three innings while also recording three strikeouts in a loss to the Yankees on Wednesday. He did not factor into the decision.
LeBlanc is slated to work as a traditional reliever for the remainder of the season, and many of his appearances moving forward are likely to be of the multi-inning variety. The veteran southpaw has endured a rocky start to August by giving up a combined 16 earned runs in three of his first four outings of the month, but he's now bounced back to yield just Wednesday's run across the five innings covering his last two trips to the mound.
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.
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