SAN DIEGO -- Pitcher Cory Luebke, who had reconstructive surgery on his left elbow last May, has been playing catch for the last week.
This is a far cry from where Luebke has been, as he was shut down from playing catch for six weeks this spring because of soreness.
"We're happy with it now. … I'm happy with it," Luebke said Tuesday.
The six weeks of inactivity might not actually change Luebke's timeline for returning to pitching for the Padres -- mostly because there's no exact timeline for pitchers coming off Tommy John surgery. Some take a year, some take 14, 16 months.
Luebke doesn't seem concerned about it and has vowed that he will pitch for the Padres this season. He started playing catch from 60 feet on April 1 and has advanced to 75 feet.
Luebke will continue that throwing program until he advances to the point where the team is comfortable with him doing more and can send him on a Minor League rehabilitation assignment.