Leone has signed a minor-league contract with the Indians. The deal includes an invitation to spring training.
Leone has found a new home after being let go by the Cardinals following the 2019 season, The reliever struggled during his two years in St. Louis, posting a combined 5.15 ERA, 1.49 WHIP and 72:30 K:BB in 64.2 innings. Leone will look to break camp with the Indians in a middle-relief role.
Leone was released by St. Louis on Monday.
Leone will become a free agent after going unclaimed on waivers. He didn't have much success last season, posting a 5.53 ERA in 40.2 innings while walking 12.2 percent of opposing batters.
Leone was designated for assignment Wednesday.
The Cardinals needed to protect several players from the Rule 5 draft, and Leone was a roster casualty. Acquired from Toronto after the 2017 season with the expectation that he would occupy a high-leverage relief role, Leone was middling in 2018 and downright bad in 2019 (5.53 ERA in 40.2 innings), splitting time between the majors and Triple-A.
Leone was recalled from Triple-A Memphis on Thursday.
Leone has a 7.14 ERA and 1.52 WHIP in 29 MLB innings this season, but his numbers are dragged down somewhat by a May 5 outing when he gave up six earned runs while recording just two outs. He replaces Junior Fernandez, who was optioned to Triple-A, in the big-league bullpen.
Leone was optioned to Triple-A Memphis on Sunday.
He has given up two runs in 1.1 innings since the All-Star break. Tyler Webb was promoted from Triple-A to take the open spot in the bullpen.
Leone picked up the save against the Padres on Sunday, retiring two batters -- one by strikeout -- in the 11th inning.
Leone entered the game with a 7.40 ERA, so few expected to see his number called in a save situation. However, after the Cardinals burned through five relief pitchers (including current closer Carlos Martinez), Leone got the opportunity and made the most of it, needing only 12 pitches to retire both batters he faced to close out the game. Despite the successful conversion, don't expect Leone to see additional save opportunities in the near future -- he still carries an unsightly 7.20 ERA and 1.52 WHIP in 23 relief appearances this season.
Leone was recalled from Triple-A Memphis on Tuesday.
Leone has thrown 21.1 innings for the Cardinals this season, but they haven't been particularly good, as he's posted an 8.02 ERA. His 4.19 ERA in 19.1 innings for Memphis is better but not particularly encouraging. He's likely in line for a low-leverage bullpen role for now.
Leone, who was called up from Triple-A Memphis as the 26th man for Friday's doubleheader, was sent back down to the Redbirds on Saturday, Anne Rogers of MLB.com reports.
The right-hander ultimately wasn't utilized in the twin bill, and he'll now continue to toil away for Memphis. Leone has struggled at both the Triple-A and major-league levels this season, so he could well spend most of the balance of the campaign in the minors trying to right the ship.
Leone was recalled to be the Cardinals' 26th man for Friday's games against the Mets.
The teams are eligible for an extra man as they'll be completing Thursday's suspended game before starting Friday's previously scheduled contest. Leone owns an 8.02 ERA in 21.1 innings for the Cardinals this season.
Leone was optioned to Triple-A Memphis on Friday, Rob Rains of StLSportsPage.com reports.
Leone has struggled to an 8.02 ERA with a 27:11 K:BB over 21.1 innings this season, and his last outing against the Braves appeared to be the final straw (two runs allowed in 1.2 innings). Carlos Martinez was activated from the 10-day injured list and Ryan Helsley was recalled in corresponding moves.
Leone, who fired a scoreless eighth inning in which he allowed a walk and recorded two strikeouts during a win over the Braves on Tuesday, has a 7.78 ERA and 1.58 WHIP across 19.2 innings this season.
Leone already has a pair of six-run blowups on his 2019 ledger, the most recent coming four appearances ago versus the Cubs. He's bounced back from that meltdown to pitch four innings of two-hit, one-run ball over the subsequent trio of outings, although his numbers still have plenty of room for improvement. Leone has allowed multiple earned runs in four appearances overall, but he's countered that with 14 scoreless efforts, including three of the multi-inning variety.
Leone fired a scoreless sixth inning in which he recorded a strikeout during a season-opening loss to the Brewers on Thursday.
Leone labored some during his sole frame, needing 22 pitches to get his three outs. The 27-year-old was limited to 24 innings across 29 appearances last season due to a biceps injury, finishing with a 4.50 ERA and 1.46 WHIP. Leone can miss some bats with a fastball that clocks in the mid-90s, so he could be in for some setup work this season ahead of projected closers Jordan Hicks and Andrew Miller if his health endures.
Leone and the Cardinals reached agreement on a one-year contract Friday, avoiding arbitration, Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports.
The terms of the deal are not yet public. Leone had some buzz last spring as a potential closer for the Cardinals but instead ended up with an injury-plagued season in which he posted a 4.50 ERA in 24 innings and did not record a single save.
Leone has fired two perfect innings across two appearances since returning from the 60-day disabled list on Aug. 26.
The right-hander missed nearly four months with nerve damage in his right biceps, but he built his strength back up with 10 rehab appearances for Triple-A Memphis. The extra conditioning time seems to have worked like a charm, as Leone has mowed through the Rockies (Sunday) and Pirates (Wednesday) during his pair of outings on just 20 pitches overall. The 26-year-old should progressively see more work during September as a valued later-inning option for manager Mike Shildt.
Leone (biceps) was activated off the 60-day disabled list Sunday.
Leone has been on the disabled list since early May as he's dealt with nerve damage in his right upper arm. The 26-year-old made 10 rehab appearances with Triple-A Memphis and showed no issues throwing upwards of 20 pitches. Mike Mayers (shoulder) moves to the disabled list in a corresponding move.
Leone (biceps) was credited with the victory in Triple-A Memphis' win over Oklahoma City on Thursday, firing a scoreless inning in which he allowed a hit.
Leone threw 12 pitches overall in what was his fourth rehab appearance, and his previously injured throwing arm seems to be holding up well. Given that he's now worked four innings overall with the Redbirds, Leone could be ready for activation at some point next week, Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports.
Leone (biceps) fired a scoreless sixth inning in Triple-A Memphis' loss to Fresno on Saturday, allowing a hit and a walk over 19 pitches.
The right-hander has put together back-to-back impressive outings with the Redbirds, and even some minor control issues Saturday worked in his favor to an extent by affording him additional work. Leone has now fired 19 pitches in each of his two minor-league appearances, but he's likely to still log additional time with Memphis before being considered for activation.
Leone (biceps) fired a scoreless seventh inning in Triple-A Memphis' loss to Sacramento on Wednesday. He allowed one hit and recorded two strikeouts.
Leone looked good in his first game action since May 4, getting through his sole frame by getting 15 of 19 pitches into the strike zone. The right-handed reliever is slated to make multiple appearances at the minor-league level as he builds his arm strength back up after a long layoff brought about by nerve damage.
Leone (biceps) will head out on a minor-league rehab assignment with Triple-A Memphis on Wednesday, Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports.
The news comes on the heels of a second successful bullpen session for Leone on Sunday. The length of Leone's rehab stint hasn't yet been determined, but considering he's been out of action for almost three months, he's likely slated for more than just a pair of appearances.
Leone (biceps) threw a bullpen session Sunday afternoon and could soon head out on a minor-league rehab assignment, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
The right-handed reliever got through his 25-pitch bullpen last Wednesday without any issues, particularly encouraging considering he was throwing at full strength. That led to Sunday's session, which also apparently went off without issue. Leone remarked that his next step is likely a rehab assignment that could begin sometime during this week. Whenever he does get back into game action, it will be his first time doing so since the May 4 appearance against the Cubs when he exited with bicep cramping.
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