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Cory Luebke will miss entire 2014 season, could need a second Tommy John surgery

Feb 4, 2014, 9:17 PM EDT

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SAN DIEGO — Padres left-hander Cory Luebke will miss his second consecutive season after it was determined that he’ll likely need a second reconstructive surgery on his left elbow.

Luebke, 28, had an MRI on Friday that showed a tear in the ulnar collateral ligament in his elbow.

Luebke had his first Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery on May 23, 2012 and apparently never fully recovered from that procedure. The southpaw looked like a budding star in 2011 when he registered an outstanding 3.29 ERA, 1.067 WHIP and 154 strikeouts across 139 2/3 innings as a rookie, but elbow issues have now completely derailed his career.

“I feel bad for him … from 2011 through the first part of 2012, he was certainly on his way,” Padres general manager Josh Byrnes told on Tuesday. “This is a real setback. There’s been a lot of missed time. Hopefully in a year or so, he can get back to being Cory Luebke. This whole thing has been a mystery.”

The one big consolation for Luebke is that he signed a four-year, $12 million contract extension with the Friars in his first taste of salary arbitration. That deal pays him $3 million in 2014 and $5.25 million in 2015.

  1. braddavery - Feb 4, 2014 at 9:20 PM

    Yikes. I feel badly for the kid.

    • ptfu - Feb 5, 2014 at 9:07 AM

      Yeah, this sucks for him and for the team.

    • gloccamorra - Feb 5, 2014 at 6:30 PM

      It’s been mentioned before, but of the four Padres pitchers to have Tommy John surgery last year (!), Luebke was the only one to have his done by the late Lewis Yokum, who died not long after the operation. The others were done by Dr. Andrews.

  2. micker716 - Feb 4, 2014 at 10:08 PM

    I’d feel worse if he wasn’t getting paid $3M to rehab.

  3. 13yrsmlbvet - Feb 4, 2014 at 10:15 PM

    When are the Padres going to do something about all the injuries? Most injured team in baseball.

    • josemartez - Feb 4, 2014 at 10:27 PM

      The Blue Jays are pretty injury prone, too. Can’t remember a season when more than a few major guys didn’t go down.

      • gloccamorra - Feb 5, 2014 at 6:25 PM

        The Jays problem was key players going down, the Padres’ problem was every field starter except RF was on the DL. The Padres set a major league record for most days on the DL, with their catcher Grandal missing 134 games, their first baseman missin 67, their second baseman missed 37, their third baseman missed 20, their right fielder missed 80 and their center fielder missed 148 games.

  4. fnc111 - Feb 4, 2014 at 10:46 PM


  5. icanspeel - Feb 5, 2014 at 9:19 AM

    Terrible news for Luebke and the Padres. At least he wasn’t projected to be in the 5 man rotation and it does open the door for another pitcher such as Matt Wisler, but still bad news.

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