SAN DIEGO -- Padres pitcher Cory Luebke won't be returning from the disabled list anytime soon and could be headed toward surgery on his left elbow. San Diego general manager Josh Byrnes said on Friday that Luebke -- on the DL with a strained elbow -- would meet with the Padres' doctors to get a better idea of what the next step will be, presumably rest and rehabilitation or surgery. Luebke had an MRI exam on Wednesday. The team was off on Thursday.
San Diego manager Bud Black said that he hadn't seen the results of the MRI, though he certainly didn't sound optimistic when asked when or if Luebke would return. "This one I'm cautious about," Black said. "We want to make sure we're going down the right path." Luebke was unavailable after batting practice on Friday as he was meeting with Byrnes and the medical staff in the clubhouse. "We'll figure out what the next course of action will be and where we're going to take it," Byrnes said before the start of Friday's game against the Marlins. "We'll have a better idea in two to three days." Byrnes was asked if surgery would be avoidable for Luebke, who first noticed soreness in his elbow during the fourth inning of his start on April 27 against the Giants. "Surgery, in general, is the last resort," Byrnes said. "We're going to explore our options and talk to Cory and see how he feels." Luebke, who in March signed a contract extension that will guarantee him $12 million and could keep him in San Diego through 2017, is 3-1 with a 2.61 ERA.