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March 31, 2021 04:32 PM
Rangers' Jose Leclerc: Undergoes surgery Wednesday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Leclerc (elbow) underwent Tommy John surgery Wednesday, Evan Grant of The Dallas Morning News reports.

Leclerc was placed on the 60-day injured list Tuesday, and he'll now begin his lengthy recovery process after his surgery was completed Wednesday. The right-hander will miss the entire 2021 season and is likely slated to miss the start of the 2022 campaign as well. With Jonathan Hernandez (elbow) also on the 60-day injured list, Ian Kennedy and Matt Bush should compete for save chances to begin the season.

March 31, 2021 10:16 AM
Rangers' Jose Leclerc: Lands on 60-day injured list
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Leclerc (elbow) was placed on the 60-day injured list Tuesday.

The move is an expected one, as Leclerc won't pitch again for more than a year due to Tommy John surgery. With Jonathan Hernandez (elbow) also landing on the 60-day injured list, the ninth inning is open for Ian Kennedy or Matt Bush.

March 29, 2021 04:16 PM
Rangers' Jose Leclerc: Set for Tommy John surgery
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Leclerc (elbow) will undergo Tommy John surgery, Levi Weaver of The Athletic reports.

It's the latest in a long string of bad news for Leclerc, who began his career as as very promising young reliever but has dealt with persistent injury problems in recent seasons. A typical recovery timeline will keep Leclerc sidelined until the middle of next season, at which point it will be anyone's guess how much of his previous potential still remains. In his absence, as well as the absence of several other top bullpen options, uninspiring veterans Ian Kennedy and Matt Bush look set to compete for whatever rare save opportunities the Rangers are able to manage.

March 22, 2021 12:12 PM
Rangers' Jose Leclerc: Out with elbow soreness
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Leclerc is dealing with elbow soreness and is expected to miss an extended period, Evan Grant of The Dallas Morning News reports.

Leclerc was considered the likely (albeit not locked-in) closer in Texas after top competitor Jonathan Hernandez was diagnosed with a sprained UCL in early March, but he's now dealing with elbow troubles himself. It's not clear exactly when the Rangers expect him to return, but he's out of the mix for at least the early part of the season. With Brett Martin (back) and Joely Rodriguez (ankle) also set to open the year on the injured list, the battle for saves in Texas is now wide open, with non-roster invitees Ian Kennedy and Matt Bush potentially leading the pack due to their experience working in the role.

March 20, 2021 09:16 AM
Rangers' Jose Leclerc: Facing closer competition
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Texans manager Chris Woodward is not yet ready to name Leclerc the team's closer, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports.

Leclerc, who gave up three hits in 1.1 innings Thursday, has experienced a drop in fastball velocity as he works his way back from a shoulder injury in 2020. Woodward mentioned Matt Bush and Ian Kennedy as possible closers if Leclerc is unable to lock in the job.

March 9, 2021 11:12 PM
Rangers' Jose Leclerc: Closer competition thins
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Leclerc has a clearer path to reclaiming the closer role in Texas after Jonathan Hernandez was diagnosed with a sprained UCL on Tuesday, Evan Grant of The Dallas Morning News reports.

Leclerc was delayed by visa issues to start camp but has since arrived, though he's yet to pitch in a spring-training game. Though he's saved 29 games in his career, he wasn't a lock to win the closer role, as the last two seasons have seen him struggle to a 4.33 ERA in 2019 and then make only two appearances in an injury-abbreviated 2020. The Rangers' bullpen isn't exactly loaded with proven options, however, and Hernandez was shaping up to be his top competition. It hasn't been officially confirmed that Leclerc will win the job, but his path is now a lot clearer with Hernandez shut down from throwing for four weeks.

February 20, 2021 05:52 PM
Rangers' Jose Leclerc: Not yet named closer
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Leclerc (visa issues) has not yet been named Texas' closer, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports.

Rangers manager Chris Woodward held off on naming a closer. "I'll let you know," Woodward said about Leclerc's 2021 role. "He's [closed] before. I think we have a few guys that we could potentially put down there. I don't think I'm going to name a closer right now." The manager also made comments about using multiple pitchers to close games, including Jonathan Hernandez, who had a breakout season in the bullpen.

February 17, 2021 04:36 PM
Rangers' Jose Leclerc: Experiencing visa issues
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Leclerc isn't available for the start of spring training due to visa issues, Levi Weaver of The Athletic reports.

Leclerc is fully healthy heading into spring training after tearing a muscle behind his shoulder last season, but he'll be a late arrival to camp while awaiting clearance to enter North America. His visa issues are believed to be minor, and the right-hander should be the favorite to serve as the team's closer once he arrives at spring training.

February 17, 2021 08:56 AM
Rangers' Jose Leclerc: Healthy again
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Leclerc is healthy after tearing a muscle behind his shoulder last season, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports.

That's good news for the Rangers, but they can't be sure if the right-hander can recapture the form of his breakthrough 2018 season. There's nothing meaningful to be gleaned from 2020, when Leclerc was limited to two appearances, but opposing hitters made better contact against him in 2019. It will be hard to gauge Leclerc's progress during spring training, when hitters are typically behind pitchers, but the team is looking at the right-hander to be its closer in 2021.

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.

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