9/17/2013 7:32 P.M. ET
Retiring Kotsay receives signed stick from Crosby
By George Von Benko / Special to MLB.com
PITTSBURGH -- On his farewell tour in Pittsburgh, Padres outfielder Mark Kotsay, along with teammates Yonder Alonso, Rene Rivera and head trainer Todd Hutcheson, went to Consol Energy Center to watch the Pittsburgh Penguins practice. Kotsay will retire at the end of the year after 17 big league seasons.
"We enjoyed ourselves," Kotsay said. "The Penguins franchise is an amazing franchise, and the new facility is state of the art. It was a great day and we got to meet one of the best players in the game, Sidney Crosby, and he didn't disappoint, for he is an amazing young man and talented, obviously. It was all good, all those guys over there spent time with us. It was a great day for us."
Late in the afternoon, Kotsay was surprised to receive a signed Crosby hockey stick that was sent over to PNC Park.
"An unexpected gift, yes, very nice," Kotsay said. "That was way too kind, and it just says who Sidney Crosby is as a person, and it was amazing that he took the time out of his day to do something kind of cool for my going-away gift."
Luebke to have arm examined in Cincinnati
PITTSBURGH -- Padres left-hander Cory Luebke will be examined later this week by orthopedic surgeon Dr. Tim Kremchek in Cincinnati. Luebke has been shut down on three different occasions this season as he attempts to recover from Tommy John surgery that was performed in May 2012.
"He's going to stay there a couple of weeks," Padres manager Bud Black said. "Have his people look at him a little bit and maybe even get some thoughts on some therapy there in Ohio. I'll have more of an update in a couple weeks on his status. He's not going to throw for at least a few weeks."
Luebke had appeared to be making progress, but had another setback.
"Anybody who's in this stage of a rehab and they're not over the hump, you always worry," Black said. "You're always worried, and in this case just because of the position he plays and the pain is near the same spot. There is probably a little bit more concern than in most cases."
• Closer Huston Street missed Monday night's game at Pittsburgh while he is in Texas attending his grandmother's funeral, and he isn't expected to rejoin the team until Wednesday. Street has converted 30 of 31 save opportunities this season.
"Luke Gregerson will probably get the save opportunity if we're in position," Black said.
• Padres starters have posted a 1.61 ERA the past four games, allowing five earned runs in 28 innings. The starters have a 2.73 ERA in their past 10 games.
George Von Benko is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.