Luebke appears set to return to the Padres this Summer. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Positive News Concerning the Padres Starting Rotation

It has been no secret that San Diego’s brass have tried hard to bolster their Starting Staff this offseason.  Much to our dismay as Friars fans though, the Padres have been unable to bring in any big Free Agent names over the last two months, and could likely have up to two spots in the Starting Rotation up for grabs once Spring Training starts.  Yet as frustrating as it has been to watch G.M. Josh Byrnes and his staff try to no avail in their attempts to sign and acquire more Starting Pitching help, I did read a bit of positive news over the weekend.

According to a recent Tweet (12/19/2012) from Beat Writer Corey Brock, Starter Corey Luebke has been playing catch (70 feet, 3 times per week) and is gearing himself up for a Summer return with the Friars.  Although Luebke is not scheduled to be back until the Summer to help the Friars this is a piece of information which is somewhat comforting to those of us worrying about the state of the Padres’ Starting Staff.  Luebke, as we all remember had Tommy John elbow surgery back in May, was on his way to solidifying himself as the Friars’ most effective and possibly #1 Starter through the first month of the 2012 campaign.

Luebke appeared set to build off of his developmental 2011 season (6-10, 46 Games, 17 Starts, 3.29 ERA, 139.2 IP, 154 K’s) during his first five starts with San Diego last year.  Overall, Cory went 3-1 over 31.0 Innings, posted an impressive 2.61 ERA, and rang up a 23 to 8 Strikeout to Walk ratio as he was on the verge of becoming the Friars’ most consistent starter.  Unfortunately, the elbow injury happened and it wiped out what could have been a career year for the Left-Hander.  How much Luebke or Joe Wieland (also coming off of Tommy John surgery) will ultimately be able to contribute in 2013 is a mystery at this point.  Yet with promising news such as Cory and his rehab surfacing, the Padres might very well be able to give him (or even Wieland) some quality Innings as the year winds down and help them gear up for a nice return to form in 2014.

So as distressing as it has been to read about how Free Agents have spurned the Padres’ contract advances, I for one am happy to hear that Luebke is hopefully set for a Summer return.  Because if there is one thing that the Padres will likely need at that point during the season, it will be Starting Pitching help.



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  • MisterDanzig

    Luebke is the real deal, but Byrnes would love for us to believe the reason he didnt go to his bosses to ask for more money, is because he REALLY thought that Cory would pick up where he left off, before he got injured…

    And thats just silliness. You dont deflect your failure to acquire a solid pitcher, on the ignorance of the fanbase, by telling them, “hey, folks!…guess what?…we arent getting another pitcher or two, because Luebke and Weiland are coming back, when the season is almost over!..YAYYYYYY!!..ISNT THAT EXCITING!?”

    (sounds of crickets and frogs from the fanbase)..No, its not exciting, because NO PITCHER comes back off the DL, after having their elbow split wide open and repaired.

    When Clayton Richard came back from a shoulder injury, he was kinda horrible when he came back in 2011, and really didnt pitch the way he wanted to start 2012, for the first cupla months.

    So, what the Padres should have done, if they really gave a damm about winning in 2013, was to acquire a pitcher or two, BY WAY OF TRADE, who would help the team win more games..simple.

    Why is that all of a sudden, rocket science?..and why are the Padres giving us the impression that every team out there wants our best prospects, when that is so not the case?

    I dont trust them as far as I can throw them…

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