The Cardinals have shut left-hander Wade LeBlanc down for the rest of the season, supervisor Mike Shildt introduced to reporters Thursday (Twitter link by way of Jeff Jones of the Belleville Information-Democrat). He’s anticipated to bear some kind of process to deal with the elbow ache that has sidelined him, although Shildt was not capable of present specifics. Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Put up-Dispatch tweets that LeBlanc continues to be exploring choices. Shildt famous that LeBlanc, a pending free agent, is anticipated to be prepared for Spring Coaching.
Initially signed again in June with the rotation in shambles, LeBlanc was considered as little greater than a flier on a veteran stopgap on the time. Nonetheless, he emerged as rather more than that, not solely offering regular innings however giving the Cardinals his finest work for the reason that 2018 season.
LeBlanc, 37, appeared in a dozen video games for St. Louis — 4 reduction outings and eight begins — and put collectively 42 1/3 innings of three.61 ERA ball. A middling 12.2 % strikeout charge and eight.5 % stroll charge didn’t encourage a lot confidence in his potential to maintain that tempo, however the innings he supplied are within the books and got here at a desperately wanted time for the Playing cards.
Shaky strikeout-to-walk profile however, LeBlanc’s stable exhibiting in St. Louis should earn him one other alternative in 2022, even with some uncertainty concerning his well being. An actual timeline on his restoration received’t be identified till LeBlanc and the docs he’s consulting pin down the extent of the process he’ll want, but when he’s anticipated to be prepared come Spring Coaching, it’s straightforward to ascertain a number of golf equipment exhibiting curiosity on a minor league pact. He’d be a advantageous depth choice for the Cardinals in that regard, and he’s clearly already made a pleasant impression on the group.
With LeBlanc out for the rest of the season and Jack Flaherty once more on the shelf with a shoulder pressure, the Cardinals will proceed counting on Adam Wainwright, Miles Mikolas, Jon Lester and J.A. Happ atop the rotation. Lefty Kwang Hyun Kim and right-handers Jake Woodford and Daniel Ponce de Leon are among the many different choices to begin video games down the stretch for a Cardinals membership that’s buried within the NL Central however sits simply three and a half video games again of the second Wild Card spot within the Nationwide League.