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Luebke challenged with second Tommy John rehab

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PEORIA, Ariz. -- Having rehabbed following Tommy John surgery in 2012, you would think Padres pitcher Cory Luebke would have the routine down pat the second time around.

But that wasn't the case Sunday, when Luebke, five days removed from his second elbow reconstruction surgery, discovered that the details from his first rehabilitation on his left elbow weren't easy to recall.

"I'm surprised some of the stuff I was doing today was stuff I had forgotten the answers to. … Hopefully, it will all start coming back to me," Luebke said.

Luebke had his surgery on Feb. 18 by Dr. James Andrews in Pensacola, Fla. The initial marks on the surgery were good, Luebke said. Now comes the work to get back.

"The first four to six weeks, you're trying to get full range of motion back," he said. "It was good to get that moving around a little bit."

Luebke said his rehabilitation following a second Tommy John surgery will closely resemble the one he followed the first time, though "things are a little more delicate."

Luebke said he would probably "cross paths" with D-backs pitcher Daniel Hudson, who also needed to have two Tommy John procedures.

"I'll leave him alone for now," Luebke said. "It seems like he's doing well."

Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. Keep track of @FollowThePadres on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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