After undergoing Tommy John surgery in May of 2012, San Diego Padres pitcher Corey Luebke was forced to miss the entire 2013 season. Now, after experiencing a setback while rehabbing, the 28-year-old will be forced to miss the entire 2014 campaign. It’s an extremely unfortunate series of events for the former Ohio State standout, as he figured to have considerable upside pitching a full season in the pitcher-friendly confines of Petco Park.
Luebke inked a four-year, $12 million deal in 2012 that included team options for 2016 and 2017. The left-hander initially suffered the setback in September and was shut down temporarily before returning to the mound a few months later. An MRI confirmed that Luebke had re-torn his ulnar collateral ligament, confirming the need for Luebke to undergo his second Tommy John surgery in the last two years.