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Jeff Locke goes from rookie All-Star to Triple-A

Apr 11, 2014, 10:15 AM EDT

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Left-hander Jeff Locke is recovered from an oblique injury and off the disabled list, but rather than adding him to the active roster the Pirates have demoted him to Triple-A.

Locke made the All-Star team as a (not quite technically) rookie last season after starting 8-2 with a 2.15 ERA, but posted a 6.12 ERA in the second half and was dumped from the rotation in September.

Pittsburgh just doesn’t have room for him in the rotation, as Francisco Liriano, Gerrit Cole, Charlie Morton, and Wandy Rodriguez aren’t going anywhere and Edinson Volquez was signed for $5 million to fill the fifth spot. And while going from rookie All-Star to Triple-A in less than a year is extreme, Locke never projected as a front-end starter, didn’t have the peripheral numbers to match his fast start last year, and is already 26 years old.

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  1. musketmaniac - Apr 11, 2014 at 2:54 PM

    this is some of that pitching depth nobody thought Pittsburgh had

  2. steeltuff - Apr 11, 2014 at 3:34 PM

    He’ll help them during the season, especially with Jamison Taillon having TJ surgery. So will Cumpton.

  3. musketmaniac - Apr 11, 2014 at 3:50 PM

    yeah. Locke should get 20 starts before it’s all said and done.

  4. strictlythedanks - Apr 11, 2014 at 7:48 PM

    He wishes he was the viking’s punter

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