Luetge tossed three innings out of the bullpen against Tampa Bay on Friday, allowing one run on three hits and no walks while striking out four.
The left-hander came into the contest in the fifth inning with New York already down by five runs. He gave up a seventh-inning homer to Willy Adames but otherwise quieted the Rays' offense. Luetge has yielded at least one run in each of his three appearances this season and has a 7.20 ERA over five frames. However, there is some optimism to be found in his 6:0 K:BB.
Luetge has made the Yankees' Opening Day roster, Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports.
Luetge was dominant for the Yankees during Grapefruit League play and posted a 1.74 ERA and 0.97 WHIP with 18 strikeouts in 10.1 innings. As a result, he'll return to the majors for the first time since 2015. Luetge is unlikely to pitch in many high-leverage situations this year.
Luetge has pitched three scoreless innings thus far in Grapefruit League action, allowing two hits and no walks while striking out eight.
No Yankees pitcher has been more dominant than Luetge, who has picked up eight of his nine outs via strikeout. The veteran southpaw is not on the 40-man roster and hasn't pitched in the majors since a one-outing stint with Seattle in 2015, so he remains a longshot to break camp with New York. However, Luetge is at least giving the club a reason to keep his name in mind while proving that he still has something left in the tank as he approaches his 34th birthday.
The Yankees announced Wednesday that Luetge signed a minor-league contract with the organization that includes an invitation to big-league spring training.
Luetge will get the chance to compete for a spot in the Yankees' Opening Day bullpen, but his lack of recent big-league experience likely makes him an extreme longshot to win a role. He's bounced around a slew of organizations since his last MLB appearance with Seattle in 2015, with his most recent action in affiliate ball coming at the Triple-A and Double-A levels in the Diamondbacks system back in 2019.
Luetge signed a minor-league contract with Oakland on Monday, which includes an invitation to spring training.
Luetge hasn't appeared in the major leagues since the 2015 season, so he's likely a longshot to crack the 25-man roster. He tossed 43 innings for Triple-A Reno in 2019, posting a 3.14 ERA and 1.33 WHIP with 46 punchouts.
Luetge signed a minor-league contract with the Diamondbacks on Friday.
Luetge's deal doesn't include an invitation to big-league spring training, so he'll presumably be ticketed for Triple-A Reno to begin his tenure in the Diamondbacks organization. The 31-year-old lefty owns a career 4.35 ERA and 1.48 WHIP across 111 appearances at the MLB level but hasn't appeared in the big leagues since 2015.
Luetge signed a minor-league contract with the Orioles on Sunday, David Hall of The Virginian-Pilot reports.
Luetge opened the season in the Reds organization, but was let go a few days earlier after logging a 4.55 ERA and 30 strikeouts over 27.2 innings with Triple-A Louisville. He'll stick at the Triple-A level with his new organization, and may have an easier path to the big leagues with the Orioles bullpen short on quality relievers.
The Reds released Luetge from his contract with Triple-A Louisville, Zach Buchanan of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
The southpaw posted a 4.55 ERA with 30 strikeouts and nine walks in 27.2 innings for the Bats. Luetge will look to catch on with another organization that needs a depth arm.
Luetge was reassigned to the Reds' minor-league camp Tuesday.
It looked as though Luetge might have a shot at winning an Opening Day spot in the Reds bullpen as a second left-hander, but the organization evidently had Wandy Peralta earmarked for those duties. Look for Luetge to report to Triple-A Louisville to begin 2017 after he turned in a 4.85 ERA and 1.52 WHIP over 55.2 innings with Triple-A Salt Lake in the Angels organization last season.
The Reds are leaning towards keeping a second lefty in their bullpen behind Tony Cingrani, with it coming down to Wandy Peralta or Luetge, MLB.com reports.
Luetge, a non-roster invitee who spent 2016 with the Angels' Triple-A affiliate in Salt Lake City, has had a better spring than Peralta, but his minor league stats last year and his previous major league appearances aren't inspiring.
Luetge signed a minor league contract with the Reds on Friday that includes an invite to spring training, C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
The left-hander spent last season with the Angels' Triple-A affiliate in Salt Lake City, but he struggled to the tune of a 4.85 ERA out of the Bees bullpen. He'll likely act as organizational depth given his lack of standout numbers.
Luetge was designated for assignment by the Angels on Wednesday, Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Luetge did not appear in any game action after being called up to the majors Sunday. This move created space for infielder Kaleb Cowart on the roster.
Luetge was recalled from Triple-A Salt Lake on Sunday, Pedro Moura of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Luetge has pitched in 15 games this season for Salt Lake, compiling a 2.33 ERA, 17 strikeouts, and a save. The 29-year-old will take the roster spot previously held by Tim Lincecum, who has been optioned to Salt Lake to begin a rehab assignment.
Luetge pitched nine innings and had an ERA of 5.00 along with a 1.56 WHIP during the spring.
The 29-year-old pitcher grabbed one save out of his two opportunities in spring training. He struck out five hitters while surrendering four walks through nine innings.
Luetge signed a minor league deal with the Angels on Wednesday, Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports.
The left-hander made just one appearance with the Mariners in 2015, but he did record 70-plus innings with the club through 2012-2013. It's unclear if the contract included an invitation to spring training.
|Last 7 Games|
|04/16||vs TB||L 2-8||4.0||5||2||0||3|
|04/13||@ TOR||L 3-7||1.1||1||1||0||3|
|04/09||@ TB||L 5-10||3.0||3||1||0||4|
|04/06||vs BAL||W 7-2||1.0||3||2||0||1|
|04/03||vs TOR||W 5-3||1.0||1||1||0||1|
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|Minor League Pitching Stats|
|2010||AFA-Brevard County Manat||35.0||16||1||0||1||1||0||21||10||36||2.31||1.314|
|2016||AAA-Salt Lake Bees||55.2||48||0||0||1||1||2||58||26||58||4.89||1.522|