One week after earning his first victory of the season with the Miami Marlins, lefthander Wade LeBlanc reported to the Astros ready to pitch in long or short relief. “I’m thankful that they gave me an opportunity,” LeBlanc said Sunday, a day after the Astros claimed him off waivers. “Hopefully, I can make them look good on it.” LeBlanc was 1-5 with a 5.18 ERA over 13 games (seven starts) with Miami. He was designated for assignment Monday even though he totaled 42⁄3 scoreless innings in his final two appearances out of the bullpen. “It’s funny how baseball works,” he said. “I think there’s bigger things at work sometimes, and maybe this is one of them. I’m going to enjoy the ride and try to do the best I can. I’ve been throwing every day since they designated me. I am ready to go. I guess ever since I got moved to the bullpen, I started finding a little better rhythm and throwing more often than every five days. It seemed like things were starting to pick up. Hopefully, I can keep that going.” Downplaying hamstring issue Center fielder Brandon Barnes doesn’t expect to be out long with the left hamstring tightness that prompted manager Bo Porter to pull him in the sixth inning Saturday. “It’s fine,” Barnes said Sunday after arriving at Kauffman Stadium. “I have to run on it. I just tried to rest it (overnight). It’s just a matter of it not getting loose on me last night. I should be fine.” Barnes has been a steady presence in the lineup over the past two weeks while Justin Maxwell rehabs a broken left hand.
Lefty LeBlanc arrives eager to take mound
Houston Chronicle | Jun 10