Luebke to make Major League debut Friday

Luebke to make Major League debut Friday

PHOENIX -- Cory Luebke will make his long-awaited Major League debut on Friday against the Rockies at PETCO Park. San Diego skipper Bud Black announced Luebke's promotion before his club's game on Tuesday in Arizona.

Black said Luebke, one of a handful of players that will officially be called up when rosters expand from 25 to 40 players on Wednesday, will join the rotation with the opportunity to stick. Black added that no decision has been made on who Luebke would replace on the starting staff. Lefty Wade LeBlanc, who had a 6.47 ERA ERA in six August outings, is one candidate.

The left-handed throwing Luebke, the Padres' first-round (63rd overall) selection in the 2007 First-Year Player Draft, is 10-1 with a 2.68 ERA and 88 strikeouts in 114 innings between two Minor League stops this season.

In the interim, given Thursday's off-day, each Padres starter will pitch on seven, not five days, of rest. As a result, Jon Garland will toe the rubber on Saturday and Clayton Richard will throw on Sunday.

Black said the maneuvering allowed each pitcher to take a breather prior to the stretch run. It should benefit young Mat Latos the most, though Black said that if Latos feels fine physically after he hits 180 innings -- the semi-limit Padres' brass previously outlined -- he would still be able to pitch into October. Latos is currently at 149 2/3 innings, and threw a total of 123 between the Minors and Majors last season.