Jeff Locke Called Up

The Pittsburgh Pirates will call up left-hander Jeff Locke, Pirates Prospects has learned. Locke was scheduled to make his start today for the Indianapolis Indians. Rick VandenHurk will now be making that start with Locke getting the call.

It’s unknown right now what Locke’s role will be, but the timing is interesting. I’m assuming he will be getting the call today, since he won’t be starting for Indianapolis. Kevin Correia, who has been struggling, is the scheduled starter for the Pirates today. It would make sense for Locke to come up and replace Correia, but I can’t say that this will be his role.

In his time in the minors this year, Locke has a 3.02 ERA in 47.2 innings, with a 6.8 K/9 and a 1.9 BB/9 ratio.

UPDATE: The Pirates have officially announced the move. Jason Grilli will go on the Bereavement list.

  • His K/9 rate could be better.

    I’d rather see Locke or Owens get starts instead of Correia. If the Pirates must send out a pitcher who is struggling, let it be a younger pitcher that has a future with the organization.

  • salempirate
    May 20, 2012 10:08 am

    Bereavement list replacement. Still puzzling. Why not a reliever?

  • .
    Good! Put Correia in the pen, trade or release him.


  • salempirate
    May 20, 2012 9:47 am

    Very surprising.
    Here’s hoping he does well.
    Roster move? Gorkys goes back? Correia’s future?