Roster move alpenty today …
We’re getting to the point of Spring Training where the Padres are moving guys to their Minor League game about once a week. Early on, there’s no real surprises on the list, such as Mat Latos. We knew he was headed out at some point.
On Tuesday, the Padres moved five players to their Minor League camp and one is left-hander Wade LeBlanc, who figured to be in the mix for the fifth starter spot coming into Spring Training. It won’t happen this year, at least not to start the season.
LeBlanc allowed seven earned runs in six innings over three appearances and walked five in six innings. This followed the 8.02 ERA he had in five games with the Padres last September.
“He’s become aware that there’s some things in his game he has to clean-up a little bit. But I do see a future for his guy in the Major Leagues,” Padres manager Bud Black said.
Another development, reliever Chris Britton, brought in on a Minor League contract, has been told he won’t make the team when the Padres break camp on April 2. Britton had a 4.50 ERA in five games but the Padres are looking for a strikeout guy for their eighth-inning specialist role and Britton — who had four walks in four innings — just isn’t that guy.
The Padres are talking to his agent to find out the next move, if he’ll be allowed to explore other options with other teams or if he’ll stick around and accept that he’ll begin the season with Triple-A Portland. We should know more in a few days.
The other pitchers who were moved to the Minor League camp today were Jackson Quezada, Mike Ekstrom, Cesar Carrillo and Matt Buschmann.