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Friday, December 9, 2022

Pirates Recall Jeff Locke, Option Casey Sadler

The Pittsburgh Pirates have recalled Jeff Locke from Triple-A to make tonight’s start, and have optioned Casey Sadler to Indianapolis. It’s not a surprise that Sadler was optioned to Indianapolis. He just threw two innings in relief yesterday, and his best value to the Pirates is as starting depth. The last start he made was April 22nd, so he should go down and get stretched back out as a starter if the Pirates need him in the future.

As for Locke, this will only be a spot start. Ryan Palencer had an article this morning talking about how Locke is looking to bounce back after his poor second half last year. He’ll get a shot to do that today, but the Pirates don’t need a regular fifth starter until the end of the month, so expect him to go back down after this start.

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Really, how many teams have worse pitching in either al or nl this year than we do?


Gomez has been laying eggs for hitters.


3 earned runs given up over 10.1 innings pitched over the past three weeks does not constitute “laying eggs” for. His 1st 3 appearances of the season were train wrecks, but he’s settled down. He remains a solid option in the bullpen and for a spot start.


Unbelievable the injuries to this pitching staff. Looks like a good performance out of Locke will have to come out of nowhere.
What I’m wondering is why Jeanmar is not being considered anymore for spot starts. I know Clint wants him for long-relief — especially with Pimental out. But I think he earned some spot starts based on his performance last season — and his serviceability this season. I’m wondering if he will ever be in the mix — or the need to keep him in the bullpen in light of the major use of the bullpen over the past week was more of a factor in having to bring up Locke before he looks ready.

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