CSN Chicago’s Dan Hayes reports that pitcher Cory Luebke has retired at Triple-A Charlotte, the affiliate of the White Sox.
Luebke, 32, signed a minor league deal with the White Sox in January and was reassigned to minor league camp towards the end of spring training. At Triple-A, the lefty made one start and one relief appearance, giving up two earned runs in five innings.
Luebke has battled injuries since 2013, making just nine appearances in major league games, all last year with the Pirates. He was thought to be part of the Padres’ future in 2011 when he posted a 3.29 ERA over 139 2/3 innings, but he just couldn’t stay healthy.
The Yankees signed Adam Lind to a minor league deal this past offseason. Then they released him during spring training. Now they have signed him to another minor league deal. He’ll report to extended spring training where he’ll now try not to get extended released.
Lind is a platoon guy with little defensive value, but he hit .303/.362/.513 with 14 home runs and 59 RBI in 301 plate appearances for the Nationals last season, serving as a pinch-hitter and backup first baseman and outfielder. The injury to Greg Bird and the impending suspension of Tyler Austin — he’s currently on appeal — will likely give him at least some opportunity to show that he’s still a big leaguer.
Which, yeah, he probably still is. Or at least would be if teams didn’t have 13 and 14-man pitching staffs and actually had room for a couple of bench position players. Such is not the current game of baseball, however.