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Pirates add Luebke, Lobstein to bullpen

| Thursday, March 31, 2016, 9:36 a.m.

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. — The Pirates' opening day bullpen is set.

Left-handers Cory Luebke and Kyle Lobstein were added to the big-league mix on Thursday when Jorge Rondon, A.J. Schugel and Jim Fuller were reassigned to minor league camp.

Luebke could have triggered an out clause in his contract if he wasn't guaranteed a spot on the 25-man roster. The Pirates still must make a corresponding move to put Luebke on the 40-man roster.

The rest of the bullpen will consist of Mark Melancon, Tony Watson, Neftali Feliz, Ryan Vogelsong and Arquimedes Caminero.

Catchers Ed Easley and Jacob Stallings also were reassigned to the minors. That leaves three players — Cole Figueroa, Pedro Florimon and Jason Rogers — in the hunt for the final bench spot.

General manager Neal Huntington said Jared Hughes (lat), Jung Ho Kang (knee) and Elias Diaz (elbow) will begin the season on the disabled list.

Rob Biertempfel is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at or via Twitter @BiertempfelTrib.

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Pirates pitcher Cory Luebke delivers during the fifth inning of a spring training game against the Twins on Saturday, March 26, 2016, at Hammond Stadium in Fort Myers, Fla.
Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review
Pirates pitcher Kyle Lobstein throws live batting practice at Pirate City in Bradenton, Fla. Lobstein will start for the Pirates in the Grapefruit League opener against the Detroit Tigers in Lakeland.
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