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Cory Luebke to undergo Tommy John surgery

San Diego Padres v Colorado Rockies

DENVER, CO - SEPTEMBER 19: Starting pitcher Cory Luebke #52 of the San Diego Padres delivers against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on September 19, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

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UPDATE: It’s official. Luebke announced that he’ll go under the knife later this week and miss the remainder of the season.
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Yesterday the Padres shifted Cory Luebke from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list and manager Bud Black told Sarah Trotto of MLB.com that the left-hander is “strongly leaning” toward undergoing Tommy John elbow surgery.

Luebke has been out since April 27 with an elbow injury and apparently some thought has been given to attempting to pitch through the partial ligament tear, but every indication is that he’ll go under the knife at some point later this week.

It’s a tough break for the Padres, as Luebke had emerged as a long-term building block despite not debuting in the majors until age 25, throwing 188 innings with a 3.25 ERA and 195/58 K/BB ratio. Even worse, the season-ending injury and 12-month recovery timetable come right after Luebke and the Padres agreed to a contract extension worth $12 million in guaranteed money and as much as $27 million through 2017.