The Padres are returning Wade LeBlanc to Triple-A Tucson tomorrow (Monday) to open a roster spot for Mat Latos when he comes off the disabled list. The strange part is that LeBlanc was promoted from Triple-A just this morning. Why not just hold onto reliever Samuel Deduno for another day and send him out? It was Deduno who was optioned to Triple-A for LeBlanc.
Here's why: The Padres wanted a fresh reliever for today's game. Deduno had thrown 42 pitches Saturday night (updated stat). Used to starting, LeBlanc could've pitched for several innings if needed. Long reliever Cory Luebke, a second-year big leaguer, threw 65 pitches Friday and had today off.