SAN DIEGO -- Padres left-hander Cory Luebke is "strongly leaning" toward elbow surgery and could undergo the operation as early as later this week, manager Bud Black said Sunday.The Padres moved Luebke to the 60-day disabled list on Sunday, as they selected right-hander Matt Palmer from Triple-A Tucson to be their long reliever and optioned right-hander Nick Vincent to Tucson. Recovery from Tommy John surgery typically takes a year. Luebke has been deciding whether to undergo reconstructive elbow surgery or to try to pitch with the partial tear in the ulnar collateral ligament in his left elbow. He was not at the ballpark and unavailable for comment Sunday, team officials said. Luebke went on the 15-day DL on May 2, retroactive to April 28. He was 3-1 with a 2.61 ERA. "I think he's strongly leaning towards getting the surgery, and it could happen as early as later this week," Black said. "When you add it all up, everything that he's gone through the last three weeks, all the opinions, advice, thinking through it, I think this is the course of action he's going to take, getting the surgery. "[It's] very tough, a tough decision." Luebke signed a contract extension in March that guarantees him $12 million and could earn him as much as $27.75 million and keep him with the Padres through 2017. In other injury news, Padres left fielder and cleanup hitter Carlos Quentin and pitcher Micah Owings are going to extended spring training in Peoria, Ariz., for baseball activities as they rehab, Black said. Quentin has yet to play this season after undergoing right knee surgery on March 19. Owings is on the 60-day DL, dated to April 26, with a strained right forearm.
Padres add Palmer to fill long-reliever role
SAN DIEGO -- The Padres promoted right-handed pitcher Matt Palmer from Triple-A Tucson on Sunday, fulfilling the bullpen's need for a long reliever.In a corresponding move, the Padres optioned right-hander Nick Vincent to Tucson. He was promoted on Friday, but he didn't pitch in a game. Palmer, 33, went 4-2 with a 4.64 ERA in seven starts for Tucson. Signed by the Padres as a Minor League free agent in December, Palmer is 13-7 with a 4.52 ERA in 60 Major League games, including 20 starts, with the Giants (2008) and Angels (2009-11). He has experience in the long-man role. "He's capable of throwing upwards of 60-70 pitches right now, so if we need that length, we have it," Padres manager Bud Black said. "We have enough guys who can fill the one inning, the one-plus inning. We really don't have that guy to pitch three, four innings if we need him in a certain type of game. He's thrown the ball well, especially his last start." Palmer last appeared in the Major Leagues on April 24, 2011, for the Angels. He said he came back from dealing with a blister early this season. "It's always good to be back," he said.
Tekotte ready to contribute
SAN DIEGO -- With 13 players currently on the disabled list, the Padres have made plenty of roster moves this season.Triple-A Tucson outfielder Blake Tekotte was prepared in case the Padres called on him. He even had his travel wardrobe ready. Tekotte received his second call to the Major Leagues this season on Saturday when outfielder Mark Kotsay's lower back strain made him the 13th Padres player to hit the DL. Tekotte started in left field and batted eighth on Sunday in the Padres' Interleague game against the Angels at Petco Park. Tekotte learned around 2:15 p.m. MST on Saturday that he had to catch a 4:30 p.m. flight from Tucson to Las Vegas to San Diego. His flight was delayed an hour, and Tekotte arrived at 8:30 p.m. PT in San Diego. He walked into Petco Park after 9 p.m., during the Padres' 3-2 victory over the Angels. "That's just how it is," Tekotte said. "I'm thankful for it, obviously. It was crazy the way it happened. I was about to get ready to go hit in Tucson, and [Tucson manager] Terry Kennedy came out and said, 'Hey, you gotta pack your stuff. You got a flight in two hours.' So, it was kind of crazy how it happens so quick." The Padres first recalled Tekotte from Tucson on April 28. He went 0-for-3 in five games before the Padres optioned him to Tucson on May 8. He has hit .283 in 28 games at Tucson. He made his Major League debut with the Padres last season and has hit .162 (6-for-37) in 24 Major League games. "It was just good to go back there and get some at-bats every day, play every day, kind of get back in the groove," Tekotte said about his time in Tucson. "The past few games have been really good. I've been feeling really comfortable at the plate."
Sarah Trotto is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.