Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 9/3/12
The Pittsburgh Pirates, despite being in their first pennant race in 15 years, have decided to add a rookie to their rotation for the stretch run. Left-hander Jeff Locke will start Monday against Houston in the opener of a three-game series and six-game homestand. He was recalled from Class AAA Indianapolis on Saturday when the major-league roster limit expanded to 40 from 25. Locke fills the rotation spot vacated by the release of veteran lefty Erik Bedard last Wednesday. Locke was 10-5 with a 2.48 ERA in 24 starts with Indianapolis. He also made two relief appearances for the Pirates earlier in the season and pitched 4 1/3 innings. Locke had a chance to join the rotation and struggled mightily. He was 0-3 with a 6.48 ERA in four starts and pitched a total of just 16 1/3 innings. However, the 24-year-old Locke believes he is much better equipped to handle being a major-league starter. He had made just five starts at the Class AAA level last year before coming to the major...
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