SDSan Diego Padres
Cory Luebke
Mar 7: Luebke (elbow) was placed on the 60-day disabled list Friday. This was inevitable, as Luebke underwent a second Tommy John surgery last month and will miss the entire 2014 season as result. The Padres grabbed outfielder Alex Castellanos off waivers from the Rangers and needed to create a spot on the 40-man roster.

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Feb 19: Luebke (elbow) underwent his second Tommy John surgery Tuesday, Jeff Sanders of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports. As expected, Luebke underwent surgery Tuesday and will be sidelined for the entire 2014 season, his second straight season missed due to reconstructive elbow surgery. The ligament used to repair his elbow the first time never "took," so hopefully the 28-year-old can make a full recovery this time around and resume his playing career in 2015.

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Feb 9: Luebke will travel to Pensacola, FL on Feb. 17 in order to meet with Dr. James Andrews, Corey Brock of MLB.com reports. After determining the extent of the UCL tear in his left elbow, Tommy John surgery will likely take place the next day. Enduring his second torn UCL in less than two years, Luebke will soon embark upon a 12-to-18-month recovery process, though the upcoming procedure will be performed by the best in the business, unlike the first.

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Feb 4: It has been confirmed that Luebke will need a second reconstructive surgery on his left throwing elbow after an MRI showed a tear in the ulner collateral ligament, the San Diego Union Tribune reports. Said Padres GM Josh Byrnes, "It's disappointing. I feel bad for him. It's been a long road and we had some bumps in the fall, but he was sore two weeks ago. He came (to San Diego) last week and was still sore, so we took the MRI." This will be the second straight season Luebke will have missed most or all of the campaign. Luebke had already seen a few bumps in the road to recovery, so the Padres were targeting him for a relief role to begin the season, but unfortunately that's out the window now. At least the Padres have good depth in the pitching corps, but it's a shame to see such a talent like Luebke not being able to get his career fully off the ground yet, and he now has a lot more rehab in store.

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Feb 4: Luebke (elbow) may be headed for another reconstructive surgery, which would cause him to miss the entire 2014 campaign, MLB.com reports. Luebke's Friday MRI revealed another UCL tear, which usually means Tommy John will be necessary. The 28-year-old is still signed with the team through 2015 after an impressive start to his career, but it will certainly be challenging to return to his 2011 form, where he was 6-10 with a 3.29 ERA through 46 appearances. Luebke had solid big league potential at one point, but it looks as if Padres fans will have to wait another year before possibly seeing it reached.

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Dec 28: Padres GM Josh Byrnes said that Luebke (elbow) could be worked back in as a relief pitcher, MLB.com's Corey Brock reports. Though his long-term future likely still lies in the rotation, Luebke may be eased back in as a relief pitcher. He missed most of 2012 and all of 2013, after undergoing Tommy John surgery in May of 2012. The 28-year-old lefty has dealt with a number of setbacks along the way, so we can't necessarily assume that he will be ready by Opening Day.

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