Luebke has decided to retire from baseball, Dan Hayes of CSN Chicago reports. Aside from a brief appearance for the Pirates during the 2016 season (9.35 ERA through 8.2 innings), Luebke hasn't pitched in the majors since 2012. He showed promise after posting a 3.29 ERA across 139.2 innings during his age-26 season, but Tommy John surgery derailed his career shortly thereafter. On the whole, Luebke posted a 3.52 ERA across 197 major-league innings with the Padres and Pirates.
Luebke (hamstring) was added to Triple-A Charlotte's active roster Tuesday, Scott Merkin of MLB.com reports. The embattled lefty began the season on the disabled list after tweaking his hamstring late in spring training, but it seems like he's good to return to action. Luebke will likely work on lengthening out his outings in an attempt to land a spot in Chicago, although he'll likely fill an organizational depth role until that opportunity arises.
Luebke has not pitched in six days after tweaking his hamstring, Dan Hayes of CSN Chicago reports. The left-hander had been experiencing an excellent spring prior to being sent to minor league camp (0.96 ERA in 9.1 innings pitched), but the injury bug bit again to hamper his ability to continue his successful ways. That being said, the issue doesn't appear to be too serious, so he should be back in action relatively soon. More details on Luebke's status should come forth as he ramps up his activity again.
Luebke was reassigned to minor-league camp Tuesday. He was in big-league camp on a minor-league deal with an invite, but did not make the cut, and will head to Triple-A Charlotte for the start of the season. Luebke has not been able to get his big-league career back off the ground in recent seasons, and has logged just 8.2 MLB innings since 2012.
Luebke signed a minor league contract with the White Sox on Tuesday, Matt Eddy of Baseball America reports. The 31-year-old pitched in the majors last year for the first time since 2012, struggling to the tune of a 9.35 ERA across 8.2 innings, walking 11 batters in the process. The southpaw will likely start the year in Triple-A.
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