Cory Luebke has been out of commission for almost three years now. He hasn't pitched for the Padres since April 27th 2012. Since then he's had Tommy John surgery twice, after the first time the insides of his elbow turned into a yellow mush.
Luebke said Andrews saw a "pretty good tear" when he went in for the surgery and that the tendon graft from the first surgery, for whatever reason, was never accepted by his body.
"He said it was yellow and mushy," Luebke said of the first graft.
Every time I read that about yellow mush, I think back to my days dissecting frogs in the seventh grade. The yellow mushy fat pouring out of the frog's open abdomen. Blech!
Anyway, since that second surgery Luebke has been in full recovery mode. It's being reported today that Luebke feels like he has his old arm back again. Corey Brock says from MLB.com that Luebke threw 30 pitches at 50% intensity and will build his pitch count and intensity in the coming months.
"It went well. We wanted to make sure we got through it with no pain and we accomplished that," he said. "I tried not to let it go too much but at the same time I wanted to get my work in and get my feet wet again. It was good to get the rust out.
"It's been going on three years. It's the first time I've thrown on a mound without pain in a long time."
All good news for Luebke and the Padres who could surely use another quality arm in the latter half of the season.