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Cory Luebke Injury: Elbow Soreness Puts Padres Lefty On DL

Cory Luebke has been one of the San Diego Padres' most reliable starting pitchers, but now he's on the disabled list with a sore elbow.

DENVER, CO - Starting pitcher Cory Luebke #52 of the San Diego Padres delivers against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - Starting pitcher Cory Luebke #52 of the San Diego Padres delivers against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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Cory Luebke emerged from obscurity last year to become a mainstay in the Padres' rotation, posting a strikeout-to-walk ratio that most pitchers would commit regicide for. He was off to a fine start this season too, with a 2.61 ERA and three wins in five starts.

Unfortunately, Luebke got sucked into the gravitational pull of the Padres' miserable season.

Oh. Hello, Jeff Suppan. Welcome to Petco Park. Here is you uniform, your locker, and your sub-4.00 ERA. Enjoy.

That's probably a little too glib, as Suppan hasn't appeared in a major-league game since 2010, and he's been terrible in the minors.

Year Age Tm ERA GS IP H HR BB SO
2011 36 Omaha 4.78 27 165.2 186 23 51 94
2012 37 Tucson 12.15 2 6.2 17 0 3 2

But the Padres saw something they liked, and up Suppan comes. The Padres moved Kyle Blanks to the 60-day DL to make room for their new starter.

Petco and Suppan sure would have been something to see in the early-to-mid part of last decade, though ...