Man, this one hurts.
Ugh. What a gut-punch to a team that had such a productive (on-field) off-season. And poor Cory Luebke. As Mel from The Sac Bunt tweeted , I don’t know who or what to be mad at. There’s nothing you can blame for this, other than bad luck.
Luebke is almost two years removed from Tommy John surgery in 2012. Some fans thought that he’d be a factor mid-year last year, but that didn’t happen. Instead of progress there were multiple setbacks. Nobody really knew what to expect from Luebke this year, and I speculated that the Padres might start him off in the bullpen to ease his workload. Now he’s out for the season, and that depth Josh Byrnes so proudly speaks of will have to step up.
There’s precedent for pitchers coming back from two TJ surgeries, however. Doug Brocail, Hung-Chih Kuo and Jason Isringhausen all came back after multiple Tommy Johns. They were all relievers, though, and the track record for starters coming back is significantly worse. Best-case scenario for Luebke is he comes back as an effective reliever out of the bullpen. Worst-case is he’s probably done. Terrible, but at least I have breakfast and surfboards to cheer me up.
I contribute when I contribute. Other thoughts on things that I think about can be found here. That’s a terrible “outro”. I’ll try to work on it.