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Pirates option Jeff Locke to Double-A Altoona

Aug 28, 2013, 7:03 PM EDT

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Pirates left-hander Jeff Locke was a first-half hero, posting a 2.15 ERA in 18 starts before the All-Star break. But he has been roughed up in the second half — it got especially bad in August — and may not play a role down the stretch for the Bucs.

According to beat writer Michael Sanserino of the Pittsbrugh Post-Gazette, the Pirates have optioned Locke to Double-A Altoona. He could be brought back shortly after rosters expand on September 1, but he will not take his turn in the rotation Sunday against the first-place Cardinals. A fill-in for that potentially-crucial outing will be announced soon.

Locke made it all the way to 176 innings pitched last year between the minors and majors.

The 25-year-old southpaw  had thrown 148 1/3 innings so far in 2013 for Pittsburgh.

  1. Stiller43 - Aug 28, 2013 at 7:10 PM

    Its about time.

  2. bronco58lb - Aug 28, 2013 at 7:21 PM

    Thanks to that first-half, Locke will always be an “All-Star”. Meanwhile, A.J. Burnett, Matt Garza and Anibal Sanchez can’t claim that.

    • steelpenbucs87 - Aug 29, 2013 at 10:26 AM

      Yeah… Jeff Locke was definitely the reason why Anibal Sanchez was left off of the NL all-star team.

    • farkingjackhole - Aug 29, 2013 at 4:00 PM

      So, you’re implying that by Jeff Locke making the NL All Star team, Anibal Sanchez was left of the AL All Star team?

  3. crackersnap - Aug 28, 2013 at 7:26 PM

    You seem to be making some kind of point about the amount of pitching Locke is throwing this year, versus last year. Have you spoken to Craig about this?

    • alexo0 - Aug 28, 2013 at 8:58 PM

      “the amount of pitching Locke is throwing”?

      Can you clarify that statement please?

      • crackersnap - Sep 18, 2013 at 12:00 AM

        Calcatterra had put up a couple of articles just prior to this, castigating the whole notion of pitch counts. I was being sarcastic.

  4. apkyletexas - Aug 29, 2013 at 12:32 AM

    This is all because Craig jumped on the Bucco bandwagon a few weeks ago and completely jinxed the team. They haven’t been the same since, and Jeff Locke has been the primary recipient of the Calcaterra curse. In order to make amends, Craig should be required to stay at the Altoona Motel 6 and post all his HBT stories from the press lounge at Peoples Natural Gas Field for as long as Locke remains down there.

    • mc1439 - Aug 29, 2013 at 10:53 AM

      I’d rather die.

  5. sandrafluke2012 - Aug 29, 2013 at 8:41 AM

    His true skill level is a good NFL 3/4 guy. High 3 era

    • ilovekneegrows - Aug 29, 2013 at 10:29 AM

      He can back up Roethlisberger?

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