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Cory Luebke could contribute out of the Padres’ bullpen

Dec 28, 2013, 9:00 PM EST

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28-year-old lefty Cory Luebke is working his way back from Tommy John surgery. Rather than return to the starting rotation, where he was when he was injured early in 2012, Padres GM Josh Byrnes suggested that Luebke could contribute out of the bullpen, according to Corey Brock on Twitter. The Padres are still looking for a lefty reliever.

Luebke started the 2011 season contributing out of the ‘pen, posting a 3.23 ERA in 39 innings. He was then moved into the starting rotation, compiling a 3.31 ERA in 100.2 innings spanning 17 starts through the end of the season. In the only five starts he made in 2012, Luebke posted a 2.61 ERA in 31 innings of work.

  1. nymets4ever - Dec 28, 2013 at 10:35 PM

    Word

  2. Elise Link - Dec 29, 2013 at 2:14 AM

    so in other words he didnt make it back after Tommy John surgery?

  3. marketingforcontractors - Dec 29, 2013 at 3:27 PM

    Byrnes signed a player that had not completed more than 100 games in the field for 4 years to a 3 year guaranteed contract with a FULL NTC. That player has not played more than 70 games in the field since.

    Byrnes traded a premier setup man for a 5th outfielder that will make roughly the same money.

    Byrnes signed a 36 year old setup man for $8 million per season and sacrificed a 23 year old player that most scouts will tell you has the upside of an ace.

    Not sure Byrnes knows what the heck he is doing.

  4. ch0psuey - Jan 3, 2014 at 2:51 AM

    Oh cmon no body onboard on this Lefty?

  5. graymags - Jan 6, 2014 at 8:28 PM

    What does 1d or 2d mean on pictures??

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