Mariners southpaw Wade LeBlanc is headed to the 10-day injured list after sustaining a right oblique strain, the team announced Sunday. In a corresponding move, right-handed reliever Erik Swanson has been recalled from Triple-A Tacoma to take LeBlanc’s spot on the roster.
LeBlanc suffered the injury in the middle of his start on Friday. He tossed 4 2/3 innings against the Astros, allowing two runs on eight hits and a walk and striking out five of 23 batters, but things took a sudden downturn when he lost control of a pitch in the fifth. The left-hander clutched his side and was immediately tended to by the team trainer, who brought him out of the game for further evaluation.
Prior to the incident, the 34-year-old had racked up a 2-0 record in three starts with 10 runs, five walks, and 12 strikeouts issued over his first 16 innings of 2019. He’s coming off of a banner year with the Mariners, too, one in which he posted a 9-5 record in 27 starts with a 3.72 ERA, 2.2 BB/9, and 7.2 SO/9 across 162 innings out of the rotation and bullpen.
Given the nature of the injury, it’s unlikely that he’ll be ready to go again after a brief 10-day stay on the IL. The Mariners have yet to announce a replacement for the veteran starter when his turn comes up during Wednesday’s series finale against the Indians.
Swanson, meanwhile, will be available to pitch out of the bullpen during Sunday’s game against the Astros. The 25-year-old rookie pitched to impressive results across three minor-league levels in 2018, and is currently looking for a chance to improve on a 9.00 ERA after struggling to control the ball during his major-league debut last Thursday.
Update: Per MLB.com’s Greg Johns, LeBlanc has a Grade 2 oblique strain and will miss approximately 4-6 weeks in recovery. Swanson will step in for him in the rotation on Wednesday.
After a condensed 60-game regular season, the MLB playoffs kicked off this week with an usual 16-team format that you can read more about below, but one of the many questions on everyone’s mind is whether or not fans will be allowed to attend MLB playoff games.
Will fans be allowed to go to MLB playoff games?
There have been no spectators at any games this season but fans will finally have the opportunity to go to the NL Championship Series and World Series at new Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas–one of the few states allowing spectators to attend events this year. The NLCS is scheduled on seven straight days from Oct. 12-18 and the World Series from Oct. 20-28, with traditional off days between Games 2 and 3 and Games 5 and 6, if the Series goes that far. Major League Baseball said Wednesday that about 11,500 tickets will be available for each game.
Below is the format and locations for each round. Unlike the regular season, there will be a bubble setup for each series in the postseason with the exception of the Wild Card round. Click here for the MLB schedule and scoreboard.
MLB Playoffs Format
Wild Card Series (Best-of-three): September 29 – October 2
All games will be held at the higher seed’s ball park.
No. 1 Rays vs. No. 8 Blue Jays
No. 2 Athletics vs. No. 7 White Sox
No. 3 Twins vs. No. 6 Astros
No. 4 Cleveland vs. No. 5 Yankees
No. 1 Dodgers vs. No. 8 Brewers
No. 2 Braves vs. No. 7 Reds
No. 3 Cubs vs. No. 6 Marlins
No. 4 Padres vs. No. 5 Cardinals
Division Series (Best-of-five): October 5 -10
The American League Division Series will be contested at Petco Park in San Diego and Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. The National League Division Series will be held at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas and Minute Maid Park in Houston.
League Championship Series (Best-of-seven): October 11-18
The American League Championship Series will be held at Petco Park in San Diego while the National League Championship Series will take place at Globe Life Field in Arlington.
World Series (Best-of-seven): October 20-28
The World Series will be held at Globe Life Field in Arlington. Home field advantage will go to the team with the best regular-season record.
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