Luebke to disabled list with elbow strain

Luebke to disabled list with elbow strain

Luebke to disabled list with elbow strain
SAN DIEGO -- In order to get pitcher Jeff Suppan on the 25-man roster for his start Wednesday against the Brewers, the Padres had to make a corresponding roster move.

The one that made the most sense was placing their best pitcher, left-hander Cory Luebke, on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left elbow.

On Tuesday, the Padres said that Luebke -- who last pitched on April 27 -- would miss one start because of the elbow. The decision to place him on the disabled list on Wednesday wasn't an indication that he isn't progressing well. In fact, the opposite is the case.

"He wasn't going to make this start [Wednesday] and moving forward and thinking about his next start, we want to make sure it has resolved itself," manager Bud Black said. "He feels better and he's encouraged."

Luebke (3-1) would be eligible to come off the disabled list on May 12 when the team is in Philadelphia.

Luebke first felt pain in his elbow in the fourth inning of his last start against the Giants. Later that night, he started a treatment program with the Padres medical staff and has done so ever since. It was only on Tuesday when his injured elbow came to light.

Suppan, 37, got the start against the Brewers and will likely remain in the starting rotation for the time being, though Tim Stauffer -- who makes his second Minor League rehabilitation assignment Friday for Triple-A Tucson -- could be ready to join the rotation soon.

To make room for Suppan on the 40-man roster, the team moved outfielder Kyle Blanks from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list. Blanks had season-ending surgery on his left shoulder a week ago.