After a 7-2 loss to the A’s on Saturday night, the Baltimore Orioles designated Wade LeBlanc for assignment after another rough outing.
LeBlanc allowed four runs on six hits and a walk in only 1.2 innings in his lone start on the season. Over six games, he allowed seven runs in 6.2 innings of work for a 9.45 ERA. Four of those games were scoreless relief outings, but the seven combined runs came last night and on April 6 against the Yankees.
The 36-year old signed with the Orioles last offseason before re-signing with Baltimore in March. He then opted out of his contract and re-signed with the Orioles just a day later on a split contract.
Zac Lowther has been recalled from the alternate site to replace LeBlanc. The 24-year old is the Orioles’ No. 11 ranked prospect who is looking to make an impact at the major league level after a solid 2019 season in Bowie. In 148 innings of work, he allowed only 102 hits while striking out 154.
The Orioles currently sit at 8-12 on the season in last place in the AL East and have lost three straight. They will attempt to put a stop to the Oakland A’s 13-game winning streak on Sunday afternoon.
John Means will make his fifth start of the season and has impressed so far. In 23.2 innings of work, he has a 1.52 ERA with 23 strikeouts and six walks.
Jesus Luzardo will be on the mound for the A’s and is looking to pick up from where he left off on Tuesday against the Twins, pitching 5.1 scoreless innings. He allowed only two hits and one walk while striking out six batters.