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Jeff Locke will rejoin the Pirates’ rotation on Saturday

Sep 3, 2013, 8:32 PM EDT

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Jeff Locke had a hideous 7.94 ERA in five August starts and was demoted to the minor leagues last Wednesday evening. But he is coming right back.

According to’s Tom Singer, Locke was officially recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis on Tuesday afternoon and will rejoin the Pirates’ starting rotation this Saturday night against the Cardinals.

It’s a crucial start against one of the teams — the other being the Reds — that the Bucs are trying to fend off for the National League Central crown.

Locke posted a stellar 2.15 ERA across 109 innings during the first half of the season and was rewarded in July with his first All-Star nod, but the shine wore off quickly in the second half for the 25-year-old southpaw. He has a 6.18 ERA in 39 1/3 innings since July 21.

  1. steelers88 - Sep 3, 2013 at 8:40 PM

    Well Saturday is a loss.

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  2. Stiller43 - Sep 3, 2013 at 9:01 PM

    ^^^^ this.

  3. bosoxfan15 - Sep 3, 2013 at 9:04 PM

    Come on Jeff, NH is proud of you!

  4. babyfarkmcgeezax - Sep 3, 2013 at 9:39 PM

    Every game is pretty damn critical at this point to be letting the Ice Truck Killer try to work out his issues on the mound for the Pirates. His clock has already struck midnight.

    • sfbookreviews - Sep 3, 2013 at 11:26 PM

      From day one I’ve been trying to figure out why Jeff Locke looked so darned familiar. It drove me nuts. Thank you!

      As for this story, options are limited. Wandy isn’t ready. You can’t let Kris Johnson take the mound again, not after his last outing. They say Gomez isn’t stretched out enough. The only other option is Cumpton, which would be my choice at this moment but Locke has had a nice year until lately and even the last couple disasters saw more seeing-eye hits, dinks and dribblers than hard hit balls.

      Let’s hope the rest has given him a second wind.

  5. pitpenguinsrulez - Sep 3, 2013 at 11:17 PM

    FINALLY!!! The Losing Streak is going to be OVER!!!

  6. apkyletexas - Sep 3, 2013 at 11:34 PM

    It’s official – the losing streak is DONE!!!! 4-3 win over the Brewers tonight – 81 wins. For the first time since 1992, the Pirates CANNOT finish with a losing record!!

    And who hit the winning home run in the 9th inning? Travis Snider, OF COURSE. The Bucs add all these high-talent free agents, have a legit MVP candidate, a legit Cy Young candidate, a league leader in home runs – but who’s been winning them the games down the stretch the past 3 weeks? The forgotten ones – Jose Tabata, Garrett Jones, Travis Snider, Charlie Morton, Clint Barmes. Crazy stuff!

  7. theageofquarrel - Sep 4, 2013 at 12:10 AM

    Now that being said,shoot for 90+ wins and get into the dance.

  8. pftaddict - Sep 4, 2013 at 6:47 AM

    He was called up from AA Altoona not AAA Indianapolis.

  9. righthereisay - Sep 4, 2013 at 10:48 AM

    How short is my leash? 2 batters on base.

  10. jdlinder11 - Sep 4, 2013 at 11:03 AM

    I get why they want to get Locke back into the rotation, but is a key game with a team that is chasing you for the division lead really the time to do this?

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