Wade LeBlanc wants to repay O’s for having his back during injury – Steve Melewski

When a player uses the word “disaster” as part of the description of his season, it didn’t go very well, Captain Obvious might say. For lefty Wade LeBlanc, it didn’t go very well in the six starts he made for the 2020 Orioles before an injury sidelined him for the season.

LeBlanc, 36, recorded an ERA of 8.06 last summer with a 1.567 WHIP over 22 1/3 innings. Then his season ended on Aug. 23, when he left a start after facing four batters in the first inning at Boston. He had a stress fracture in his left elbow, although it did not required surgery.

It took him about 10 or 11 weeks to feel healthy again, he said, and after about 14 weeks, he felt like the injury had never happened.

But his ERA is 6.08 over his last two seasons since his last solid year of 2018, when he went 9-5 with a 3.72 ERA and a 1.179 WHIP for the Seattle Mariners.

“Not a whole lot, other than just a disaster,” LeBlanc said during a Saturday Zoom interview when discussing his 2020 results. “From the COVID stuff to the injury to the performance, it wasn’t what I envisioned in any way really. So to be able to have an organization like this give you another chance to kind of make good on the contract is a blessing for me. And I’m not going to waste it.…

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