Luebke refused his assignment to Triple-A and was released by the Pirates on Sunday. Luebke hadn't pitched in the majors since June 17, when he walked three of the four batters he faced, surrendering a hit to the other one. With a 9.35 ERA on the year, the Pirates couldn't even afford to keep Luebke in middle relief, designating him for assignment last Saturday. The once promising prospect will now be in search of a new organization that is willing to take a chance on a pitcher that has undergone two Tommy John surgeries.
Luebke was designated for assignment on Saturday. The veteran southpaw has simply not been getting it done out of the big league bullpen. After giving up a run in Friday's game, he now has a 9.35 ERA and 3.00 WHIP on the season. Those numbers will likely lead to him going unclaimed and heading to Triple-A Indianapolis.
Luebke (0-1) took a loss Wednesday against the Mets, giving up a run on three hits and a walk in the 10th inning. Once one of the most promising young arms in the game, two Tommy John surgeries thoroughly derailed Luebke's career, and this season's return to the big leagues has been anything but triumphant. He's given up seven runs in 4.2 innings while walking three times as many batters (six) as he's struck out (two) and has spent time on the DL with a hamstring injury. It seems likely that Luebke's latest stint in the majors won't last long.
Luebke was recalled by the Pirates on Saturday, Stephen Nesbitt of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. The Pirates announced a handful of moves Saturday morning, and Curtis Partch will join Luebke in coming up from Indianapolis. The clear space on the 25-man roster, Rob Scahill and Wilfredo Boscan were both optioned back to Triple-A. Luebke has struggled in four appearances for the Pirates in 2016, allowing seven hits and six earned runs with five walks over just 3.2 innings.
Luebke was optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis on Thursday, Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. This move was made to make room for Wilfredo Boscan, who was called up to the major league club Thursday. Luebke hasn't been good out of the Pittsburgh bullpen this season, most recently allowing three runs in one-third of an inning pitched to raise his ERA to a lofty 14.73 on the season. He'll head down the minors to gain more confidence, although there's a good chance that he'll be back up with the big league club if any injuries strike the Pirates.