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Padres call on Jeff Suppan with Cory Luebke hurting

May 1, 2012, 7:16 PM EDT

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Soup’s on in San Diego.

The Padres announced Tuesday that Cory Luebke would miss his start Wednesday with elbow tightness and that Jeff Suppan would be called up to pitch in his place against the Brewers.

Suppan, 37, was picked even though he had allowed nine runs and 17 hits in his 6 2/3 innings for Triple-A Tucson this season. The veteran right-hander last pitched in the majors with the Cardinals in 2010. He was 3-8 with a 5.06 ERA overall that season, but after Milwaukee released him, he was 3-6 with a 3.84 ERA for St. Louis.

Luebke’s loss would be huge for the Padres if it extends beyond a start or two.  The 27-year-old is 3-1 with a 2.61 ERA in five starts this season. Overall, he has a 3.30 ERA in 25 career starts, and he’s no Petco creation either, not with his 2.75 ERA in 88 1/3 innings on the road.

  1. icanspeel - May 1, 2012 at 7:42 PM

    Can it get any worse for the Padres? Even though they stink this year at least they had a chance when Luebke’s spot in the rotation came up.

  2. brewcrewfan54 - May 1, 2012 at 7:46 PM

    They don’t have anyone more deserving of a call-up?

    • micker716 - May 1, 2012 at 8:50 PM

      The only thing I can think of is his familiarity with the Brewers line-up (?).

      • brewcrewfan54 - May 1, 2012 at 9:29 PM

        Or the whole “experience” thing but lets face it Suppan hasn’t been good for a while now.

    • ptfu - May 1, 2012 at 9:52 PM

      This just means that the kids aren’t yet ready for showtime. Nothing wrong with that; let them develop at their own pace. Think of Suppan as an innings-eater: he is pitching so more valuable arms don’t have to.

    • drakosm - May 1, 2012 at 10:51 PM

      They already have two pitchers on the DL who were in or supposed to be in the opening day rotation. And Casey Kelly who probably would have been the next call-up is also injured. So no, they didn’t go into the season with 4 pitchers more deserving than Suppan.

    • icanspeel - May 1, 2012 at 11:26 PM

      The Padres pitching depth depleted when Stauffer and Mosely went on the DL and then Casey Kelly who was due to get some MLB time.

  3. rosesacl - May 1, 2012 at 8:53 PM

    Wow, hes no spring chicken.

  4. creek0512 - May 2, 2012 at 8:47 AM

    Is that the most recent picture you have, he hasn’t pitched for the Cardinals in 6 seasons.

    • intedwetrust - May 2, 2012 at 10:51 AM

      Except in the article they correctly state he pitched for the Cards in 2010…not 6 seasons ago. Brewers dumped him, Cards took a chance on him and he finished 2010 with a 3-6 record for them.

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