Jeff Locke will serve as the long man in the Pirates’ bullpen.
Jeff Locke was promoted to Pittsburgh on Wednesday to provide the club with a volume of innings if the team needs him. With Correia making the spot start against Arizona, and Jason Grilli deemed unavailable in relief due to pitching on back-to-back nights, the bullpen was short arms.
The left-hander has been a starter his entire career, so Manager Clint Hurdle and pitching coach Ray Searage both told Locke that they would be careful to pick the spots in which he would be used if needed.
“‘Obviously you’re a starting pitcher, who’s going to the bullpen, we’re going to look for spots for you. Obviously look for a place for you,’” Locke recalled of their conversation. “I’m not a guy that can throw 11, 12 pitches and be ready to go into the game…I’ve got that starter mentality, that starter readiness. And it will have to change when I get down to the pen.”
How long Locke will stay in Pittsburgh is unclear. With Correia star