Leake's contract option was declined by the Diamondbacks on Wednesday, Steve Gilbert of MLB.com reports.
Leake was expected to compete for a spot in the rotation this year but opted out of the 2020 season amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The right-hander said that he looks forward to playing in 2021 during his age-33 season. Leake made 32 starts with the Mariners and Diamondbacks in 2019, recording a 4.29 ERA and 1.29 WHIP over 197 innings.
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.
Leake (wrist) is scheduled to throw live batting practice Thursday, Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports.
Leake, who has a fractured left (non-throwing) wrist, has been throwing bullpens and simulated games with the assistance of a teammate to catch return throws. "That's going to be the next step," manager Torey Lovullo said. "He's going to get on the mound with some hitters in the box. I think we're going to put a screen out there to protect him a little bit." Leake has not yet been ruled out for Opening Day, but the manager earlier this spring hinted that the right-hander may open the regular season on the injured list.
Leake (wrist) logged three simulated innings Saturday, Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports.
Leake has been throwing while allowing his fractured left (non-throwing) wrist to recover. During these sessions, there's a trainer with him catching return throws. It's unclear when Leake will be able to pitch under normal circumstances, which puts his availability for Opening Day in doubt.
Arizona manager Torey Lovullo acknowledged Leake (wrist) may not be ready to join the rotation to begin the season, Richard Morin of the Arizona Republic reports.
Leake, who fractured his left (non-throwing) wrist during the offseason, has been throwing bullpen sessions but is not yet ready to pitch in a game setting. As such, his availability for Opening Day is in doubt. Louvullo would like to see his starters reach 75 pitches "a couple times" before making one final start approaching 90 pitches. If Leake is not part of the rotation to start the season, it likely grants Merrill Kelly a stay from joining the bullpen.
Leake (wrist) tossed a 29-pitch bullpen session Friday, Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports.
Leake, who was diagnosed with a fracture of his left, non-throwing wrist, participated in the session without wearing a glove. He's hopeful to be ready in time for the start of the season; however, manager Torey Lovullo tells a different story. "I'm not going to totally eliminate that thought," Lovullo said, "but as I explained to him I'm not going to put him in a situation where he's going to go out there and potentially hurt himself and take a step backwards. I have to make 100 percent certain he's going to be able to go out there and execute and not get injured." Leake suffered the injury during the offseason when he slipped and fell at home.
Leake said Thursday that a recent MRI revealed that he's dealing with a fractured left wrist, Steve Gilbert of MLB.com reports. He expects to be sidelined for two weeks before he resumes pitching in spring training.
Leake fractured the wrist during a fall at home over the offseason, but fortunately for the 32-year-old, the injury was to his non-pitching arm. As a result, he'll face a shorter-term recovery from the injury, though his two-week shutdown will put him behind his fellow starting pitchers early in the spring. Since he'll still be able to throw while he waits for the bone to heal enough for him to resume fielding drills later this month or in early March, Leake is optimistic he'll have enough time to build up to a starter's workload before Opening Day arrives.
Leake underwent a precautionary MRI on his sore left wrist Wednesday, Zach Buchanan of The Athletic reports.
The injury is to Leake's non-pitching wrist and occurred due to a fall at home. Regardless of the seriousness of the injury, Leake isn't a lock to open the season in the Diamondbacks' rotation, as he'd have to beat out one of Madison Bumgarner, Robbie Ray, Zac Gallen, Merrill Kelly or Luke Weaver to earn a spot.
Leake allowed one run on five hits and two walks while striking out three over six innings in a no-decision against the Cardinals on Tuesday.
Leake was long gone by the time this game was settled in the 19th inning, when the Diamondbacks pushed across the game-winning run. Prior to that, Leake was on the hook after giving up a leadoff home run to Dexter Fowler, but the Diamondbacks tied it in the ninth. It was the sixth straight quality start for Leake, whose tenure with Arizona got off to a rocky start. He had an 8.02 ERA in the first four starts after being acquired from the Mariners. Since then, the right-hander has posted a 2.33 ERA during his six-start streak of quality outings. He is not scheduled to pitch again in 2019 but is expected to be part of the rotation next season.
Leake (12-11) earned the win Wednesday after holding the Marlins to three runs on eight hits with four strikeouts across 6.2 innings.
Leake continued his streak of serving up home runs, allowing two on this occasion and six overall across his last four starts. Otherwise, the 31-year-old right-hander turned in a quality start, pitching into the seventh inning for the 14th time the season. Leake will carry a 4.67 ERA, 1.39 WHIP and 124:25 K:BB into a start Tuesday against the Cardinals.
Leake (11-11) was charged with the loss Friday against the Reds, surrendering four runs (two earned) on five hits and a walk while striking out five across six innings.
The right-hander was hurt by the long ball this time, giving up a pair of two-run homers to Joey Votto and Josh VanMeter. Unfortunately, the homer to VanMeter came after a costly throwing error by Brian O'Grady in the fifth inning, which proved to be the difference maker of the game. Either way, Leake fell just shy of posting a quality start and issued a rare free pass as the Diamondbacks dropped their sixth straight contest. The 31-year-old now owns a 5.51 ERA, 1.42 WHIP and 120:25 K:BB and will look to bounce back during an advantageous matchup against Miami on Wednesday.
Leake gave up two runs on seven hits and zero walks while striking out three in 6.1 innings Sunday in Cincinnati. He did not factor into the decision.
Leake threw 100 pitches (67 strikes) and left with the lead, but Arizona's bullpen coughed up a pair of runs, resulting in the Diamondbacks losing 4-3. His next start will come Friday against this same Reds lineup, only this time it will be a home game for the D-backs.
Leake (11-10) allowed four runs on eight hits and one walk while striking out one through 6.1 innings to earn the win over the Padres on Monday.
Leake pitched five scoreless innings before allowing four runs in the sixth inning. This was a bit of step in the right direction for Leake, who had a 6.59 ERA entering the game since the trade deadline. The 31-year-old has a 4.71 ERA and 112 strikeouts through 28 starts this season. Leake is scheduled to make his next start Sunday against the Reds at Great American Ball Park.
Leake set aside 20 of 22 batters faced during one stretch Tuesday after the Diamondbacks abandoned a defensive shift strategy, Richard Morin of the Arizona Republic reports.
Leake, who earned his first win as a member of the Diamondbacks while lasting 7.1 innings, and manager Torey Lovullo talked about changing the defensive positioning after the Giants produced a first-inning run with two singles that would have been outs against a normal defensive alignment. "We listened to the pitcher and some adjustments he said needed to be made, and we followed through," said the manager. Leake throws a lot of strikes and allows a lot of batted balls as a result, and the adjustment following the first inning was beneficial to the veteran right-hander's effectiveness Tuesday.
Leake (1-2) took the win against San Francisco on Tuesday, pitching 7.1 innings and giving up two runs on four hits and one walk while striking out two.
Leake surrendered a first-inning run on a pair of singles and a hit batsman but held the Giants scoreless over the next six frames before departing in the eighth following a one-out walk. The Arizona bullpen allowed the runner to score but held on the rest of the way to help Leake earn his first victory in five starts since joining the Diamondbacks. The 31-year-old has pitched five or more innings in each of his outings with Arizona but holds a 6.59 ERA over 28.2 frames. He'll look to build on Tuesday's victory when he faces San Diego on Monday in his next scheduled start.
Leake (0-2) allowed five earned runs on eight hits and no walks while striking out one across five innings to take the loss Wednesday against the Rockies.
Leake stumbled in the first inning, allowing the first three batters he faced to reach base, resulting in two earned runs. He was hit hard again two innings later when he allowed five of six batters to reach base in the middle of the frame, accounting for his final three earned runs. Leake has been horrific since being acquired by Arizona, surrendering 19 earned runs across 21.1 frames in the span of four starts. He'll look to get on track in his next outing, currently scheduled for Monday at San Francisco.
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