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.
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 Saturday, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Bill Brink reports.
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.
In his first appearance since being recalled four days ago, Luebke was far from effective. 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 Triple-A Indianapolis. To clear space on the 25-man roster, Rob Scahill and Wilfredo Boscan were both sent down 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.
Luebke (hamstring) has been reinstated from the 15-day DL, Stephen J. Nesbitt of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Luebke will likely return as a long relief option in Pittsburgh, while also providing their bullpen with another left-handed arm. He'll need to improve upon some shaky command earlier this season if he intends on being an option in high-leverage situations.
Luebke (hamstring) allowed three hits in three scoreless innings for Triple-A Indianapolis on Wednesday.
Prior to going on the DL, Luebke gave up three earned runs in 4.1 innings -- walking five. Kyle Lobstein has done well as the team's second lefty out of the pen in his absence, but the team is searching for quality help and has proven to be patient with the oft-injured Luebke.
Luebke (hamstring) will begin his rehab assignment Thursday with Triple-A Indianapolis, Adam Berry of MLB.com reports.
Luebke went down with the injury April 13, and has been on the 15-Day DL since then. The Pirates will see how Luebke feels and performs during his assignment before he is returned to the active roster, though he isn't expected to play a notable role in the big leagues this season.
Luebke was placed on the 15-day DL on Thursday with right hamstring tightness.
The veteran lefty was a great story coming out of camp, and made his first major-league appearance since 2012 earlier this season. The bout with hamstring tightness could only sideline him for a few weeks, but even when healthy he doesn't figure to see much high-leverage work.
Luebke made his first major-league appearance since 2012 Wednesday, retiring two batters while allowing a hit and a walk. He also struck out one batter.
He started the ninth inning, but with a sweep of the Cardinals on the line manager Clint Hurdle removed him after four batters. Luebke hit 94 mph with his fastball and will see plenty of opportunities in Pittsburgh's bullpen before year's end.
Luebke has earned a roster spot in the bullpen, Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Once a highly-coveted asset, Luebke has had to fight his way back from a career nearly torn apart by injuries. The 31-year-old didn't make his spring debut until mid-March, and despite not having spectacular numbers, he showed enough to prove he's worthy of a bullpen spot when the season begins.
Luebke allowed two runs on three hits in one inning Sunday against the Orioles. He struck out one batter.
The lefty saw his chances of breaking camp with Pittsburgh rise when the team traded fellow southpaw Eric O'Flaherty over the weekend to Atlanta. Despite giving up a couple hard hit balls, Luebke threw well Sunday, hitting 94 mph with an easy motion. Kyle Lobstein represents Luebke's competition for the second left-handed bullpen spot behind Tony Watson (provided the team keeps two lefties). He has an opt-out clause with a Tuesday deadline, so look for a decision forthcoming on the two-time Tommy John Surgery survivor.
Luebke (hamstring) made his spring debut Thursday with a scoreless inning.
Luebke is competing for the final spot in the bullpen which may go to lefty. Luebke had missed three weeks this spring with a hamstring strain. He's also coming back from surgery last summer to relieve pressure on a nerve in his left elbow, and has also had two Tommy John procedures, so his health is no guarantee.
Luebke (hamstring) is hoping to return to game action later in the week, Travis Sawchik of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.
Luebke has missed three weeks with a hamstring strain, but he's nearing a return and figures to be back on the field within the next few days. The left-hander, who is coming off of elbow surgery, would appear to have only an outside chance at cracking the Opening Day roster at this point.
Luebke has been diagnosed with a strained hamstring, the Pittsburgh Tribune's Rob Biertempfel reports.
He was unable to throw a scheduled bullpen session Sunday, and now it is clear why. Luebke hurt his hamstring during fielding drills, and it is unclear when he will be able to return to the mound. Spring training would have offered Luebke a chance to show that he had fully recovered from last year's elbow procedure, and now he faces an uphill battle to make the Pirates roster out of camp.
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