Cory Luebke emerged from obscurity last year to become a mainstay in the Padres' rotation, posting a strikeout-to-walk ratio that most pitchers would commit regicide for. He was off to a fine start this season too, with a 2.61 ERA and three wins in five starts.
Unfortunately, Luebke got sucked into the gravitational pull of the Padres' miserable season.
San Diego Padres (@Padres) May 2, 2012
Oh. Hello, Jeff Suppan. Welcome to Petco Park. Here is you uniform, your locker, and your sub-4.00 ERA. Enjoy.
That's probably a little too glib, as Suppan hasn't appeared in a major-league game since 2010, and he's been terrible in the minors.
But the Padres saw something they liked, and up Suppan comes. The Padres moved Kyle Blanks to the 60-day DL to make room for their new starter.
Petco and Suppan sure would have been something to see in the early-to-mid part of last decade, though ...