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Cory Luebke | Relief Pitcher | #26

Team: Pittsburgh Pirates
Age / DOB:  (31) / 3/4/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 210
Bats / Throws: Right / Left
College: Ohio State
Drafted: 2007 / Supplemental (Rd. 300) / SD
Contract: view contract details

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Cory Luebke (hamstring) will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Indianapolis on Thursday.
Luebke was placed on the disabled list on April 14, but it does not appear like it will be a long stint. The southpaw had struggled prior to hitting the DL, surrendering three runs on four hits over 3 1/3 relief innings while walking five. His return to the major league roster once healthy is not a given. Apr 20 - 9:04 PM

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Pirates placed LHP Cory Luebke on the 15-day disabled list with right hamstring tightness.

Luebke has allowed three earned runs on four hits and five walks in 3 1/3 innings of relief this season for the Pirates. The left-hander now has some time to iron out the issues, but he won't be guaranteed a 25-man roster spot when he returns to full health.
Apr 14 - 12:25 PM

Pirates purchased the contract of LHP Cory Luebke from Triple-A Indianapolis.

Luebke hasn't pitched in a major league game in nearly four years due to multiple elbow surgeries, but he's been healthy and shown nice velocity this spring. He could turn into a nice weapon in Pittsburgh.
Apr 3 - 9:52 AM

Cory Luebke has made the Pirates' bullpen.

Pirates general manager Neal Huntington broke the news on Thursday morning. Luebke underwent Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery in May 2012 and then required the same procedure in 2014. He hasn't pitched in a major league game in nearly four years. It's a nice comeback story.
Mar 31 - 9:23 AM

Cory Luebke pitched a scoreless inning Saturday and has allowed three runs in 4 2/3 innings this spring.

Once a very promising young starter for the Padres, Luebke is trying to make the Pirates as a reliever after two Tommy John surgeries. A hamstring injury set him back early in camp, but he's showed pretty good stuff while on the mound. The Pirates have to decide by Tuesday whether or not to add him to their 40-man roster. It's going to be a tough call; he's not one of the seven-best relievers right now, but he could turn into a real asset in time, if he can stay healthy. If they don't want him, a non-contender (perhaps the Brewers) should be quick to pick him up.
Mar 26 - 3:53 PM

Cory Luebke (hamstring) is expected to make his Grapefruit League debut later this week.

Luebke, a non-roster invitee in Pirates' camp, has been slowed the past couple of weeks due to a right hamstring strain. The oft-injured 30-year-old was a long shot for a bullpen spot and this hasn't helped his chances.
Mar 16 - 1:48 PM

Cory Luebke (hamstring) made a simulated appearance Wednesday in Pirates camp and felt good.

The next step for Luebke could be a Grapefruit League game. He's been slowed for the last couple of weeks by a right hamstring strain. We wouldn't expect him to be on the Pirates' active roster come Opening Day, but that really has nothing to do with the hamstring injury. The left-hander has logged just 38 innings of professional baseball since the beginning of the 2012 season.
Mar 10 - 9:13 AM

Cory Luebke (hamstring) threw off a mound Thursday morning in Pirates camp.

And the workout apparently went smoothly. Luebke had to be scratched from a scheduled bullpen session last weekend after experiencing some mild discomfort in his right hamstring. He's a little behind the other pitchers in camp now, but the 30-year-old left-hander was a deep longshot for the Pirates' Opening Day roster anyway.
Mar 3 - 9:13 AM

Cory Luebke was unable to throw a scheduled bullpen session Sunday due to discomfort in his right hamstring.

It doesn't sound like anything major. The Pirates took a flier on Luebke this winter in hopes that he'll be able to bounce back from a litany of injuries. A variety of arm ailments have limited the left-hander to just 38 innings since the beginning of 2012.
Feb 21 - 12:01 PM

Pirates signed LHP Cory Luebke to a minor league contract with an invite to spring training.

Luebke worked his way back from his second Tommy John surgery to throw seven minor league innings this past season. The 30-year-old hasn't pitched in the majors since 2012. Before the injuries he was a very successful starter and reliever, and with a little Bucs magic, maybe we haven't seen the last of Luebke yet.
Feb 11 - 4:48 PM

FOX Sports' Jon Morosi reports that the Blue Jays are interested in free agent left-hander Cory Luebke.

Luebke turns 31 in March and hasn't pitched in the majors since 2012 due to a pair of Tommy John surgeries. It would simply be an upside play and likely won't cost much at this point.
Wed, Dec 16, 2015 03:53:00 PM

Cory Luebke has elected free agency.

The Padres declined his $7.5 million club option and outrighted him off the 40-man roster, so he'll test the waters of free agency. The 30-year-old southpaw hasn't pitched since 2012 due to multiple Tommy John surgeries, so he'll likely have to settle for a minor league or incentive-laden deal this winter.
Thu, Nov 5, 2015 04:51:00 PM

Padres GM A.J. Preller indicated that the club intends to discuss bringing Cory Luebke back into the fold.

Luebke's $7.5 million club option for 2016 was declined on Wednesday, but that doesn't mean the 30-year-old southpaw's completely done with the Padres. Preller said that the team plans on talking with the pitcher about a possible return. Luebke last pitched in 2012. Since then, he's undergone multiple Tommy John surgeries, plus an August procedure to remove loose bodies surrounding a forearm nerve. Should he return, it will almost certainly be on a cheaper deal.
Wed, Nov 4, 2015 04:35:00 PM

Padres declined LHP Cory Luebke's $7.5 million club option for 2016.

It's not a surprise at this point, as Luebke hasn't thrown a pitch in the majors since 2012 while recovering from multiple Tommy John surgery. He underwent another surgery this past August to remove loose bodies around a nerve in his forearm. Luebke will receive a $1.75 million buyout and test his luck in free agency. He turns 31 years old next March.
Wed, Nov 4, 2015 02:42:00 PM

Cory Luebke (elbow, forearm) has resumed playing catch.

Luebke had surgery last month to remove loose bodies around a nerve in his forearm. He's also still in the process of returning from a second Tommy John surgery and won't make it back this season. The Padres are likely hoping he can pitch in fall and/or winter ball.
Wed, Aug 19, 2015 02:58:00 PM

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2B1Josh Harrison
SS1Jordy Mercer
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2Tony Watson
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