By Jason Shetler
After refusing an outright assignment to AAA Indianapolis, Cory Luebke has been given his unconditional release, the Pirates announced today.
Luebke signed with the Pirates in February as a minor league free agent. The 31-year-old southpaw had an opt-out clause in his contract, which prompted the Pirates to trade fellow lefty reliever Eric O’Flaherty to the Atlanta Braves late in Spring Training.
On April 6th, Luebke made his first big league appearance since 2012 when he was a member of the San Diego Padres. While it was certainly a nice story for him personally, it was anything but that statistically, as he posted a 9.35 ERA and issued more walks (11) than strikeouts (9) in nine appearances out of the Pirates bullpen.