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September 5, 2020 08:04 PM
Rangers' Jose Leclerc: Done for season
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Leclerc (shoulder) was ruled out for the season Saturday, Levi Weaver of The Athletic reports.

Leclerc had at best an outside chance of returning very late in the year when he was placed on the 45-day injured list with a strained shoulder in late July, and manager Chris Woodward officially ended his chances Sunday. The injury will give the righty plenty of risk heading into the 2021 campaign, though he'll still have the potential to fill a high-leverage role if he's healthy and effective.

July 31, 2020 05:20 PM
Rangers' Jose Leclerc: Lands on 45-day IL
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Leclerc was placed on the 45-day injured list Thursday with a Grade 2 strain of his teres major, Levi Weaver of The Athletic reports.

The injury is similar to the one teammate Corey Kluber (shoulder) is dealing with, though it's apparently a little less serious. Either way, he's set to receive a PRP injection before being shut down for around four weeks. The hope is that Leclerc will be able to return for the end of the season. It's unclear who will step in as the Rangers' closer in his absence, though Nick Goody picked up the save in his place Wednesday. Brett Martin, Jesse Chavez and Jonathan Hernandez are also options, along with Joely Rodriguez (lat) and Rafael Montero (elbow) once healthy.

July 29, 2020 08:28 PM
Rangers' Jose Leclerc: Dealing with tight shoulder
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Leclerc missed out on Wednesday's save opportunity against the Diamondbacks after experiencing right shoulder tightness while warming up, Evan Grant of The Dallas Morning News reports.

The 26-year-old was expected to have a chance to earn his second save of the season, but his shoulder tightened up and Nick Goody was called upon instead. Leclerc should be considered day-to-day until the team has more information on the injury. He'll be reevaluated on Thursday's scheduled off day.

July 25, 2020 08:08 AM
Rangers' Jose Leclerc: Earns save against Colorado
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Leclerc earned his first save of the season by pitching a scoreless inning Friday against Colorado. He walked one and struck out two.

Leclerc needed 23 pitches (11 strikes) to get the win in a tight one-run contest, but he got the job done. He started the ninth with a walk to Ryan McMahon, but he redeemed himself with back-to-back strikeouts to Raimel Tapia and Sam Hilliard. Leclerc completed the save when Matt Kemp popped out to first. The 26-year-old went 14-for-18 in save opportunities while posting a 4.33 ERA during the 2019 season, and he is expected to be Texas' closer for the foreseeable future.

July 4, 2020 01:12 PM
Rangers' Jose Leclerc: Calms down after adjustment
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Leclerc had some command issues early in his pitching session Friday but improved after making a mechanical adjustment, T.R. Sullivan of reports.

Leclerc was taken deep by Rougned Odor before making the adjustments later in the session. The right-hander enters summer camp as the Rangers' closer, although his spotty command was problematic early in 2019 when he lost the ninth-inning job.

June 26, 2020 04:52 PM
Rangers' Jose Leclerc: Has coach's confidence
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Texas manager Chris Woodward believes Leclerc's struggles in 2019 will help him in his role as closer in 2020, Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star Telegram reports.

Leclerc, who opened the 2019 season as the team's closer, blew up in April when he walked nine batters and posted an 8.44 ERA over 10.2 innings. He was removed from his post as a result but eventually returned as the closer in August. "What he went through last year will help him this year," Woodward said. "He really struggled in all fronts, and was able to overcome it. At the end he was standing pretty tall and proud of what he was able to accomplish. It's not going to be perfect every time he goes out there, but I love where he's at right now." Command has been Leclerc's bane. If it's an issue again in a shortened season, Woodward may not give him a long leash as closer. Rafael Montero and Brett Martin will serve as setup men, meaning they could be in line for saves if Leclerc falters.

March 11, 2020 07:40 AM
Rangers' Jose Leclerc: So far, so good
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Leclerc allowed one and one walk while striking out four over 1.1 scoreless innings in Tuesday's spring game against the White Sox.

Leclerc, who has not allowed a run this spring, has recorded 10 outs through his first three spring appearances and eight have come by strikeout. Leclerc enters the season as Texas' closer, albeit with very low job security per RotoWire's ranking of closers. That's largely due to wavering command that leads to a surfeit of walks and mislocated pitches becoming hittable.

February 5, 2020 07:12 AM
Rangers' Jose Leclerc: Leading candidate to close
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Leclerc enters spring training as the Rangers' leading candidate to close games, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports.

Both manager Chris Woodward and general manager Jon Daniels prefer to have Leclerc close games, but they are not handing him the job without evaluation over the spring. "I'd like [Leclerc] to be the closer; that would be ideal," Woodward said. "I don't think he has anything to prove as a good, elite reliever, but finishing games is a different story. As long as he's executing pitches and has good command of his body and emotions, I'll be really comfortable." Woodward will want to see how Leclerc is executing his fastball. If he's commanding, Leclerc's split-finger change becomes more effective, particularly as a two-strike offering.

September 26, 2019 11:32 PM
Rangers' Jose Leclerc: Grabs 14th save
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Leclerc recorded the final out of the game with a strikeout to earn the save Thursday against the Red Sox.

Leclerc came into the game with two outs in the ninth inning and struck out the only batter he faced to earn his 14th save of the season. While not particularly dominant, Leclerc hasn't blown a save since Aug. 20 and has allowed four earned runs in his last 11.1 innings. His ratios remain inflated for the season -- he has a 4.09 ERA and 1.32 WHIP -- but he has punched out 96 batters across 66 frames.

September 13, 2019 02:04 AM
Rangers' Jose Leclerc: Picks up 13th save
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Leclerc picked up the save against the Rays on Thursday, working around a walk to toss a scoreless ninth inning and close out a 6-4 victory for the Rangers. He didn't record a strikeout.

The right-hander gave up a run in his last appearance, but he managed a scoreless effort this time out and nabbed his 13th save of the season in 17 opportunities. His 4.10 ERA and 1.30 WHIP across 63.2 innings remain unspectacular, but Leclerc has now converted five straight save opportunities and figures to continue to serve as the Rangers' primary ninth-inning option.

September 12, 2019 07:12 AM
Rangers' Jose Leclerc: Grabs 12th save
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Leclerc gave up a run on two hits while striking out two in the ninth inning Wednesday to record his 12th save of the season in a 10-9 win over the Rays.

Ji-Man Choi's solo shot with one out made for a nervous ninth, but Leclerc was able to shut the door. The right-hander's 3.60 ERA and 1.47 WHIP since the beginning of August aren't particularly exciting, but he's converted seven of eight save chances in that time with a 21:10 K:BB over 15 innings.

September 7, 2019 05:12 PM
Rangers' Jose Leclerc: Nails down 11th save
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Leclerc allowed one hit with one walk and one strikeout in a scoreless inning to record the save in a 7-6 victory over the Orioles on Friday.

The 25-year-old has been inconsistent since returning as the closer in August, but this was his sixth save in his last seven opportunities. He's also rebounded with three straight scoreless outings since taking a loss against the Mariners on Aug. 29. Leclerc is 2-4 with 11 saves, 4.15 ERA, 1.32 WHIP and 89 strikeouts in 60.2 innings this season.

September 6, 2019 01:16 AM
Rangers' Jose Leclerc: Bags 10th save
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Leclerc picked up the save against the Orioles on Thursday, giving up a hit and a walk in a scoreless ninth inning to close out the Rangers' 3-1 victory. He struck out one.

He yielded a couple of baserunners, but Leclerc managed to work out of trouble and finish off the Orioles for his 10th save of the season. The 25-year-old has managed to rack up an impressive 88 strikeouts in 59.2 innings this season, but his ratios still leave a bit to be desired, as he's sporting a 4.22 ERA and 1.31 WHIP.

August 30, 2019 11:40 AM
Rangers' Jose Leclerc: Charged with loss in relief
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Leclerc (2-4) was charged with the loss against the Mariners on Thursday after surrendering two runs on two hits and a pair of walks with one strikeout over one inning.

With the game tied 3-3, Leclerc came into the ninth inning and allowed his first two batters to reach. He then gave up the go-ahead run in the form of a sacrifice fly to Austin Nola. Unfortunately, it didn't end there, as Omar Narvaez tacked on another run with an RBI single. The loss comes as quite the disappointment for the once top-tier reliever, who has just nine saves this year along with a 4.37 ERA and 1.30 WHIP.

August 29, 2019 11:48 PM
Rangers' Jose Leclerc: Records ninth save
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Leclerc struck out two through a scoreless inning to record his ninth save in a 3-0 win over the Angels on Wednesday.

Leclerc made quick work of the Angels to nail down his ninth save of the season. The closure was his first since Aug. 11 after he blew the save in his last opportunity. The 25-year-old has a 3.00 ERA with a 1.22 WHIP and four saves in his last nine appearances.

August 21, 2019 03:04 PM
Rangers' Jose Leclerc: Blows save Tuesday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Leclerc was charged with his fourth blown save in Tuesday's 3-2 win over the Angels in the second game of a doubleheader. He gave up a solo home run and struck out two in his lone inning of work.

Leclerc failed to protect a 2-1 lead entering the top of the ninth, retiring the first hitter he faced before Brian Goodwin took him deep for the game-tying run. The right-hander was at least able to bounce back well and put away the next two hitters, so his standing as the Rangers' closer shouldn't change as a result of the outing. Leclerc had converted each of his prior three save chances in August but has issued six walks in seven innings on the month.

August 12, 2019 02:00 PM
Rangers' Jose Leclerc: Nails down eighth save
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Leclerc struck out one batter in a perfect ninth inning to earn the save over Milwaukee on Sunday.

Leclerc has converted all three of his save chances this month and has been named the team's primary closer once again after an ugly start to the year. His 4.35 ERA is still unattractive to fantasy owners, but it seems like he's settling back into the role nicely with three straight scoreless outings.

August 6, 2019 05:52 PM
Rangers' Jose Leclerc: Keeping closer job
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Leclerc has pitched his way back into the closer role and will keep the job even after Shawn Kelley returns from his biceps injury, Levi Weaver of The Athletic reports.

Leclerc entered the year as the Rangers' closer but lost the job early on after some poor performances. He didn't record a single save between April 17 and Aug. 2. He now has two in the month of August, however, and owns a respectable 3.60 ERA and 1.10 WHIP over his last 12 appearances. He'll have to pitch well to hold off Kelley and others down the stretch.

August 5, 2019 11:36 PM
Rangers' Jose Leclerc: Grabs seventh save
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Leclerc gave up a hit in a scoreless ninth inning Monday to record his seventh save of the season in a 1-0 win over Cleveland.

He only threw six of his 14 pitches for strikes, but after allowing a leadoff double to Jose Ramirez, the rest of the contact Leclerc gave up found its way into defenders' gloves. While the right-hander was able to get the job done Monday, Leclerc will need to be more dominant if he's going to keep the closer job after Shawn Kelley (biceps) gets healthy.

August 3, 2019 05:00 AM
Rangers' Jose Leclerc: Escapes with sixth save
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Leclerc gave up two runs on two hits and two walks in the ninth inning Friday to record his sixth save of the season in a 5-4 win over the Tigers.

While it's encouraging to see Leclerc get another chance to close -- he hadn't picked up a save since mid-April -- he isn't exactly seizing his opportunity, coughing up four runs with a 0:5 K:BB over his last two appearances, including a blown save Sunday against the A's. Shawn Kelley (biceps) doesn't have a timetable yet for his return, but the Rangers may be forced to give someone else a look in the ninth before he gets healthy if Leclerc can't turn things around.

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