Luebke hits DL as Pirates call up Scahill

The Pirates made a late change to their bullpen Thursday afternoon, calling up right-hander Rob Scahill from Triple-A Indianapolis and placing lefty Cory Luebke on the 15-day disabled list with right hamstring tightness.
21 days ago

4 years later, Luebke back on hill

Cory Luebke is still getting used to being a reliever, still a little jumpy whenever the bullpen phone rings, even if it's not for him. But the call came for him Wednesday night, and Luebke was ready.
29 days ago

Game 3: Pirates 5 Cardinals 1

At any point in the early season, I try to keep two main goals in mind: try not to over-react to a small-sample size result, but to try and find things inside of those small sample sizes that might be meaningful going forwards. So, for example, Juan Nicasio’s line tonight was great, but it’s not hugely important. He threw six innings, he struck out seven, he didn’t walk anyone...
29 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates finalize Opening Day roster

A few hours before taking the field at PNC Park, the Pirates finalized their Opening Day roster by selecting the contracts of Matt Joyce, Cole Figueroa and Cory Luebke to round out their bench and bullpen.
April 03, 2016

Cory Luebke’s Incredible Comeback

There was a time when Cory Luebke seemed to be on the cusp of stardom. That was back in 2011, when he was still a member of the San Diego Padres. The following season, he pitched just 31 innings before falling down a rabbit hole of injury. He has re-emerged this spring, and today we received word that he made the Pirates’ Opening Day roster. That has to feel pretty spectacular...
Via Fangraphs
March 31, 2016  |  Discuss

The Pirates set their bullpen

With Opening Day hurtling towards us at an alarming speed, the Pirates have finalized their bullpen one day after giving Juan Nicasio the final rotation spot. The obvious spots are filled by the obvious pitchers (Melancon, Watson, Caminero), and with Jared Hughes on the disabled list, the final four spots will go to Neftali Feliz, Ryan Vogelsong, Cory Luebke, and Kyle Lobstein....
March 31, 2016  |  Discuss

Lobstein, Luebke earn bullpen spots with Bucs

With pitchers Jorge Rondon, A.J. Schugel and Jim Fuller among five sent to Minor League camp Thursday, Kyle Lobstein and Cory Luebke have earned spots in the Pirates' Opening Day bullpen.
March 31, 2016

Hard-luck Luebke may finally catch break

Snake-bit Cory Luebke is back on the mound and pitching well, potentially putting the Pirates in a tough spot with an opt-out deadline in his Minor League contract drawing near.
March 26, 2016

Hurdle happy to see Luebke in game action

The Pirates signed Cory Luebke just before Spring Training began, intending to give the left-hander the chance he wanted to crack the Opening Day roster.
March 17, 2016  |  Discuss

Pirates sign pitcher Cory Luebke to minor-league deal

PITTSBURGH (AP) The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed former San Diego Padres pitcher Cory Luebke to a minor-league contract. The deal, announced Thursday, includes an invitation to spring training. The 30-year-old Luebke put together a 10-12 record in 55 appearances (25 starts) with the Padres from 2010-12. Luebke posted a 3.86 ERA in seven minor-league appearances in the San Diego...
Via AP on Fox
February 11, 2016  |  Discuss

MLB Free Agency: Indians interested in lefty Cory Luebke

There is no such thing as too much pitching. There is no such thing as too much pitching. That is a suggested saying for any Major League Baseball team heading into any offseason. Injuries can happen and bullpens can be unreliable. That is part of why you’ve seen reliever contracts skyrocketing and spring training invites already happening this winter. Here’s one more name you...
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December 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Padres decline $7.5 million option on LHP Luebke

SAN DIEGO (AP) The San Diego Padres have declined to exercise their $7.5 million option on left-hander Cory Luebke, who has had two reconstructive elbow operations since 2012. Luebke receives a $1.75 million buyout. He was 10-12 with a 3.25 ERA from 2010-12
Via AP on Fox
November 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Padres’ Points: Preller, Luebke, Trade Deadline Targets

The San Diego Padres now sit at a 39-48 record entering their final series before the All-Star break, a season-worst nine games under .500 and losers of five in a row. According to, the Padres have less than a three percent chance of making the playoffs. What has been a huge disappointment for Padres fans has even been a larger one for the ownership group. “To say...
Via Baseball Essential
July 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Padres’ Points: Front Office, Luebke, Gyorko

The San Diego Padres are 35-40 and now a season worst five games under .500. The club is 3-6 since Pat Murphy took over as the manager of the club. It is beginning to become clear the team the front office assembled last winter is not a playoff caliber team. The Padres are still 6.5 games back of the Dodgers and 6.0 games back of the second wild card spot, which still gives them...
Via Baseball Essential
June 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Padres reinstate 4; designate Roach, Stults

SAN DIEGO (AP) The San Diego Padres have reinstated right-hander Casey Kelly, left-hander Cory Luebke, first baseman Yonder Alonso and left fielder Carlos Quentin from the 60-day disabled listed. To make room on the 40-man roster, the Padres on Monday designated right-hander Donn Roach and left-hander Eric Stults for assignment and outrighted catcher Adam Moore to Triple-A El Paso...
Via AP on Fox
November 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Padres Injury Update: Andrew Cashner, Cory Luebke

San Diego Padres starting pitcher Andrew Cashner will be activated from the disabled list and start Saturday night against the Arizona Diamondbacks, reports Will Laws of Corey Brock of adds that fellow starting pitcher Cory Luebke played catch last week for the first time since February Tommy John surgery:#486864425 / gettyimages.comCashner hasn’t made a start...
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August 23, 2014  |  Discuss

The financial cost of Tommy John surgery to young pitchers

Jose Fernandez. Patrick Corbin. Jarrod Parker. A.J. Griffin. Luke Hochevar. Matt Moore. Brandon Beachy. Cory Luebke. Bruce Rondon. Bobby Parnell. Kris Medlen. Ivan Nova. And now Martin Perez. Top and mid-tier pitchers in the early stages of their professional careers who have had Tommy John surgery this season, or in the case of Perez, are […]
Via Fangraphs
May 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Jedd Gyorko and the Contract Extension of Doom

Or “How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Private Hotel Suite on Road Trips” Yesterday, Dustin of The Sacrifice Bunt gave you a little insight into the perceived value of Gyorko’s extension. He looked at recent contracts given to players with similar service time, Starling Marte and Andrelton Simmons. Of the three players, Jedd Gyorko fell in the middle of both projected...
Via Padres Public
April 23, 2014  |  Discuss

If I ran the Padres – Part II

If I ran the Padres…. I would stop buying out arbitration years for my young players.  I admit my position on this issue has evolved in the past 3 seasons or so.  In the past i felt locking up players with guaranteed money was a great investment because the team can set its price rather than risk huge increases that are out of their control.  Sounds great in theory.  But, as...
Via Friarhood
April 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Thoughts on the Jedd Gyorko Extension

Often as fans of a team, we end up (consciously or not) viewing the financial side of baseball from the owners’ perspective. We worry about how much our favorite team – the Padres of San Diego in this case – spends on its players, not because it’s our money on the line or because we’re worried about our team’s owners’ upcoming yacht payments, but because we want our...
Via Padres Public
April 22, 2014  |  Discuss

The Spring of Pitcher Injuries

It’s been a depressing spring so far, at least with regards to pitcher injuries. Kris Medlen is going under the knife, and rotation mate Brandon Beachy will as well. Jarrod Parker will need elbow surgery also, and fellow staff member A.J. Griffin is being shut down with flexor tendinitis. Patrick Corbin will likely join Parker as an MRI revealed UCL damage. Jon Niese has been...
Via Batting Leadoff
March 24, 2014  |  Discuss

How Recent Pitcher Injuries Affect the Playoff Race

There has been a flurry of injuries to pitchers over the last week, and some of them have decided to or are close to getting the dreaded Tommy John Surgery that will keep them out for the entire 2014 season. This will have a significant impact on the playoff picture, especially given that Jarrod Parker, Kris Medlen, Brandon Beachy, Patrick Corbin and Cory Luebke all pitch for teams...
Via Batting Leadoff
March 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Wieland Experiences Elbow Soreness

The bad luck continues for San Diego Padres pitchers. On Saturday, Joe Wieland made his first spring start and 4th spring appearance with the Padres. The results weren’t great – he allowed 5 runs over less than 3 innings. However, the aftermath of the start was worse. Following his start, Wieland experienced elbow pain, and, according to Jeff Passan, there is “Significant concern...
Via Friarhood
March 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Padres claim OF Alex Castellanos off waivers from the Rangers

PEORIA, AZ - The San Diego Padres today announced that they have claimed outfielder Alex Castellanos off waivers from the Texas Rangers. To make room on the Padres'€™ 40-man roster, the club placed left-handed pitcher Cory Luebke on the 60-day disabled list after undergoing Tommy John surgery on his left elbow on February 18. Executive Vice President/General Manager Josh Byrnes...
Via Fox Sports San Diego
March 07, 2014  |  Discuss

A Tale of Two Elbows

I am not a doctor. No, this isn’t the beginning of a bad Star Trek joke. I’m really not a doctor. At least not a medical doctor. Of love however? Well, probably not that either actually. But we’ve gotten off-topic. I am not a doctor so to speak from a medical standpoint is at best useless but in reality irresponsible. So I won’t. I’ll only tell you what’s happen this...
Via Padres Public
February 21, 2014  |  Discuss
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