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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. 0) / SD
Contract: view contract details

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Pirates designated LHP Cory Luebke for assignment.
Luebke had allowed 15 hits and nine earned runs in 8 2/3 innings with Pittsburgh, but left-handers tend to have nine lives and he could draw some interest on waivers. Jun 18 - 5:06 PM

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Pirates recalled LHP Cory Luebke from Triple-A Indianapolis.

Luebke was with the Pirates earlier this year, though he struggled to a 14.73 ERA over four outings. He's fared much better in the minors, logging a terrific 2.45 ERA in 18 1/3 innings. Wilfredo Boscan and Rob Scahill are both headed to Triple-A.
Jun 4 - 1:04 PM

Pirates optioned LHP Cory Luebke to Triple-A Indianapolis.

Luebke has yielded six earned runs in 3 2/3 innings this season out of the Pittsburgh 'pen. That's a 14.73 ERA.
May 19 - 2:50 PM

Pirates activated LHP Cory Luebke from the 15-day disabled list.

Luebke missed a couple weeks of action with a strained hamstring. He'll return to a middle relief role.
May 15 - 11:33 AM

Cory Luebke (hamstring) has made seven rehab appearances with Triple-A Indianapolis.

He boasts an 18/3 K/BB ratio over 12 1/3 innings in those appearances. Luebke has been over his hamstring injury for a while, but the Pirates appear to be stalling on activating him as they figure out what to do with their roster. His rehab clock runs out on May 20.
May 13 - 10:33 AM

Cory Luebke (hamstring) earned a three-inning save in a rehab appearance Wednesday at Triple-A Indianapolis.

Those three innings were scoreless and Luebke struck out four. The left-hander has been on the disabled list since April 14 because of a right hamstring strain. He should return to the Bucs' bullpen soon, or at least that should be an option soon. Pittsburgh could officially option the oft-injured Luebke to the minors once his rehab assignment has concluded.
May 5 - 10:21 AM

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

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

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