Padres pitcher Cory Luebke to miss 2014 for second elbow surgery

Cesar Tordesillas – 4E Sports Contributor

San Diego, CA, United States (4E Sports) – San Diego Padres lefty Cory Luebke needs a second reconstructive surgery on his pitching elbow after an MRI revealed a tear in his ulnar collateral ligament.

Another 12 to 18 months of rehab follows that will force him out of the 2014 season.

Luebke, 28, said he felt that there were some problems from the start of the rehab process after his May 2012 Tommy John surgery that caused him to miss the 2013 season.

“My gut feeling through the rehab process was this didn’t seem right,” said Luebke. “And when we did the MRI, it was pretty clear what was going on.”

Luebke is 10-12 with a 3.25 ERA in 55 big league games, including 25 starts. He was 3-1 and had a 2.61 ERA in five startsin 2012 before going on the disabled list due to the injury.

The Padres signed Luebke in 2012 to a three-year, $12 million deal that included club options for 2016-17 after he went 6-10 with a 3.29 ERA in 46 games in 2011.

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