(NEW YORK) — After missing the entire 2013 season, San Diego Padres starting pitcher Cory Luebke will miss the entire 2014 season too as he needs to undergo a second reconstructive surgery on his pitching elbow.
According to MLB.com, a recent MRI revealed a tear in his ulnar collateral ligament.
Luebke underwent Tommy John surgery back in May 2012 and hasn’t pitched since.
“I feel bad for him…from 2011 through the first part of 2012, he was certainly on his way,” Padres general manager Josh Byrnes told MLB.com. “This is a real setback. There’s been a lot of missed time. Hopefully in a year or so, he can get back to being Cory Luebke.”
In his lone full season in the Majors, Luebke went 6-10 with a 3.29 ERA, and in five starts in 2012 he posted a 2.61 ERA.
If Luebke does return at the start of the 2015 season, he’ll still have pitched a mere 31.9 innings in a span of three years.
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