Considered by a potential second lefty candidate for the White Sox at some point this season, Cory Luebke abruptly retired on Tuesday, the Charlotte Knights announced.
He had pitched 82⁄3 ugly innings with Pittsburgh the year before, but considering he hadn’t appeared at the MLB level for three full seasons due to two Tommy John surgeries, getting back to the majors was a triumph in and of itself.
It gave him something to build off, and although his spring training started shortly after the complicated birth of his son, he had a nice preseason. A leg injury took him out of the running for an Opening Day roster spot, but considering David Holmberg is now on the 25-man roster, Luebke could’ve been considered in play.
The 32-year-old started the year on the DL after a leg injury in spring training, but returned on May 2 with a scoreless inning against Norfolk. He then pitched four innings of two-run ball in a spot start against Gwinnett on May 5. And then he retired.
- Adam Engel singled and struck out thrice.
- Nicky Delmonico, 0-for-4 with a K, as was Rymer Liriano.
- Danny Hayes was 1-for-1.
- Tyler Danish: 6 IP 8 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 4 K
- Eddy Alvarez went 1-for-4 with a double and two strikeouts.
- Jake Peter, 0-for-3 with a sac fly.
- Nick Basto went 2-for-4 with a K.
- Trey Michalczewski was 2-for-4 with his second homer.
- Courtney Hawkins was 0-for-3 with a walk and a strikeout
- Michael Kopech: 6 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 K