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Jeff Locke not starting Sunday due to back tightness, will not pitch in All-Star Game

Jul 13, 2013, 5:40 PM EDT

Jeff Locke AP

Pirates left-hander Jeff Locke felt some back tightness following his most recent start on Monday, so Michael Sanserino of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that he will not start tomorrow against the Mets and will also skip Tuesday’s All-Star Game.

Gerrit Cole will start in Locke’s place tomorrow. The good news is that the back issue isn’t considered serious and he should be good to go after the All-Star break. He isn’t slated to pitch again until July 21, so he’ll go 12 days between starts.

Locke has been a nice surprise for the Pirates this season, posting a 2.15 ERA and 73/47 K/BB ratio in 109 innings over 18 starts. The 25-year-old is on pace to easily surpass the 175 2/3 innings he threw between the majors and minors last year, so the back issue is a convenient way to get him some extra rest in preparation for what should be an interesting second half for Pittsburgh.

  1. jimmymarlinsfan - Jul 14, 2013 at 12:48 AM

    Precautionary as I’m told by the man himself. A rest from the grind and well earned one at that. Go Jeff! Go Bucs!

    • footballfan01 - Jul 14, 2013 at 1:12 AM

      Andrew McCutchen just texted me and said you’re full of shit.

      • jimmymarlinsfan - Jul 14, 2013 at 6:28 PM

        Aww. Gee I’m sorry that I know a lot of big leaguers, never mind being related to one and no one cares about you. So sorry.

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