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Dominic Leone | Relief Pitcher | #55

Team: St Louis Cardinals
Age / DOB:  (26) / 10/26/1991
Ht / Wt:  5'11" / 195
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Clemson
Drafted: 2012 / Rd. 16 (0) / SEA
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Dominic Leone has been diagnosed with nerve damage in his right arm.
Rest and rehab has been prescribed for the time being, but it sounds like Leone will be sidelined for a while. He's already missed a couple weeks of action. May 18 - 6:02 PM

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Dominic Leone is being treated for a "baffling nerve issue in his upper arm," per Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Leone felt discomfort in his upper right arm while warming up last Friday and landed on the disabled list Sunday. The offseason trade acquisition from the Blue Jays has posted an underwhelming 4.15 ERA and 1.39 WHIP over his first 13 innings with the Cardinals and he is currently without a timetable to return to the St. Louis bullpen.
May 9 - 9:50 AM

Cardinals placed RHP Dominic Leone on the 10-day disabled list with right upper arm nerve irritation.

Leone hurt himself while warming up prior to entering Friday's game. It's unclear at this point how long he will be sidelined.
May 6 - 11:11 AM

Cardinals' manager Mike Matheny said Saturday that Dominic Leone is likely heading for the 10-day disabled list.

The Cardinals did not however, make the move prior to Saturday's game against the Cubs. Leone was pulled from Friday's game before he even threw a pitch after experiencing cramping in his right biceps. Even if he's able to avoid the DL, he's going to be unavailable for the next several games.
May 5 - 12:48 PM

Dominic Leone was removed from Friday's game against the Cubs before he threw a pitch after suffering an injury while warming up.

Leone had been called upon to relieve Tyler Lyons with out in the eighth inning, but the trainers were brought out to the mound while he was completing his warm-up pitches. After a brief discussion, Leone was pulled without actually throwing a pitch in the game. Look for the Cardinals to provide an update on his status after the game.
May 4 - 10:47 PM

Dominic Leone was credited with a win after tossing a clean ninth inning in Saturday's spring contest against the Mets.

This was a bullpen day for the Cardinals, with nine relievers essentially working an inning apiece. The game was tied entering the ninth when Leone came in to retire the side in order with one strikeout. Leone is likely to start the season as the club's primary closer. Luke Gregerson is down with a hamstring injury, leaving the left-hander Tyler Lyons as Leone's only competition for the job. Leone had a 2.56 ERA with 81 strikeouts in 70 1/3 innings last year for the Blue Jays.
Mar 24 - 4:40 PM

Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports that Dominic Leone or Tyler Lyons will function as the team's closer while Luke Gregerson is sidleined with a hamstring injury.

The smart money seems to be on the right-hander, Leone, given his strong performance this spring. He makes for an intiguing gamble in the final rounds of fantasy drafts, as there's a non-zero chance that he could wind up keeping the job if he performs well early in the season while Gregerson it out.
Mar 24 - 10:45 AM

Cardinals president of baseball operations John Mozeliak said in an interview on KMOX 1120 Monday that if the season started today, the team's closer "would probably be Dominic Leone."

It comes with a big caveat because Luke Gregerson (oblique) is currently injured and Mozeliak seemed to indicate Gregerson would close if he's healthy (and he very well could be by Opening Day). However, Leone seems to have firmly established himself as next in line and might have a chance to run away with the job. Acquired in January from the Blue Jays after posting a 2.56 ERA and 81/23 K/BB ratio over 70 1/3 innings in 2017, Leone holds a 1.80 ERA and 6/3 K/BB ratio over five frames this spring and is 3-for-3 in save opportunities.
Source: KMOX Radio
Mar 12 - 4:37 PM

Dominic Leone picked up his second save of the spring with a scoreless ninth Thursday against the Marlins.

Luke Gregerson is the favorite for saves in St. Louis, but he's sidelined with an oblique injury at the moment and Leone is one candidate to step in to fill the void if Gregerson is sidelined into the regular season. Leone has allowed one run and struck out five in four innings.
Mar 8 - 4:06 PM

Cardinals acquired RHPs Dominic Leone and Conner Greene from the Blue Jays for OF Randal Grichuk.

Leone was a waiver claim by the Blue Jays last winter and went back-and-forth from the majors and minors a few times last season, but he was excellent with the big club, posting a 2.56 ERA and 81/23 K/BB ratio over 70 1/3 innings. He was arbitration-eligible for the first time this winter and should be pegged for a middle relief role in St. Louis.
Jan 19 - 4:32 PM

Blue Jays and RHP Dominic Leone avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $1.085 million contract.

Leone was eligible for arbitration for the first time. The reliever held a 2.56 ERA over 65 appearances out of the bullpen last season.
Jan 12 - 5:19 PM

Dominic Leone earned his first career MLB save on Monday night against the Orioles.

Roberto Osuna is away from the club following the birth of his child, so Leone got the call in the top of the ninth inning Monday with the Jays leading 4-3. He gave up a leadoff single to Adam Jones but retried the next three batters he faced -- two via strikeout. Leone owns an impressive 2.58 ERA, 1.09 WHIP, and 76/23 K/BB ratio in 66 1/3 innings this season out of the Toronto bullpen.
Mon, Sep 11, 2017 09:59:00 PM

Blue Jays activated RHP Dominic Leone from the bereavement list.

Leone was gone for a few days following the death of his grandfather. To make room for him, the Jays designated left-hander J.P. Howell for assignment.
Wed, Aug 16, 2017 05:05:00 PM

Blue Jays placed RHP Dominic Leone on the bereavement list.

Leone has been excused from the club following the death of his grandfather. Matt Dermody is filling his spot in the Blue Jays' bullpen.
Sun, Aug 13, 2017 11:01:00 AM

Blue Jays recalled RHP Dominic Leone from Triple-A Buffalo.

Leone has posted a 4.01 ERA and 25/10 K/BB ratio over 24 2/3 innings this season. He'll work in middle relief.
Mon, Jul 17, 2017 04:25:00 PM

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Batters
PosRoleName
C1Yadier Molina
2Carson Kelly
3Francisco Pena
4Steven Baron
1B1Jose Martinez
2B1Kolten Wong
2Greg Garcia
SS1Paul DeJong
2Yairo Munoz
3B1Matt Carpenter
2Jedd Gyorko
LF1Marcell Ozuna
2Tyler O'Neill
CF1Tommy Pham
2Harrison Bader
RF1Dexter Fowler
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Carlos Martinez
2Adam Wainwright
3Michael Wacha
4Miles Mikolas
5Luke Weaver
6Jack Flaherty
7John Gant
8Alex Reyes
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Bud Norris
2Greg Holland
3Luke Gregerson
4Tyler Lyons
5Dominic Leone
6Matt Bowman
7Jordan Hicks
8Brett Cecil
9Sam Tuivailala
10Mike Mayers
11John Brebbia