Left-hander LeBlanc has a lot to prove in camp

Left-hander LeBlanc has a lot to prove in camp

Left-hander LeBlanc has a lot to prove in camp
PEORIA, Ariz. -- A year ago, left-hander Wade LeBlanc won eight games following an April promotion after Chris Young was lost with an injury.

This spring, none of that matters to LeBlanc, who lost his spot in the rotation during the final month of the season.

LeBlanc knows that to win a spot in the rotation, he can't count on anything he's done in the past.

"To me, last year means nothing currently," LeBlanc said. "I have to continue to show them I can do it."

In his first outing of the spring, LeBlanc allowed two runs in two innings over a 40-pitch stint against the Mariners. He allowed both runs in the first inning before throwing a 1-2-3 second inning that included two strikeouts.

The Padres went on to tie the Mariners, 6-6. The game was called after nine innings.

"It was about as good as could be expected," said LeBlanc, who allowed three hits and finished with four strikeouts. "That first outing, there's always going to be nerves."

LeBlanc is in competition with right-hander Dustin Moseley for the fifth spot in the rotation. Another left-hander, Cory Luebke, is also a candidate, though he could well begin the season with Triple-A Tucson.