MLB.COM: LOCKE RECALLED BY PIRATES

by Christian Mower on August 9, 2012

CONWAY’S “REDSTONE ROCKET” – LEFTY JEFF LOCKE – IS A PITTSBURGH PIRATE ONCE AGAIN.

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL DOT COM (www.mlb.com) REPORTS LOCKE HAS BEEN RECALLED FROM TRIPLE-A INDIANAPOLIS WHILE OUTFIELDER ALEX PRESLEY WAS OPTIONED TO INDY.

MLB.COM SAYS LOCKE BECOMES AN EMERGENCY ARM FOR THE PIRATES, WITH MANAGER CLINT HURDLE SAYING “HE GIVES US VOLUME IF WE NEED INNINGS.”

THE 24-YEAR-OLD LOCKE STARTED 21 GAMES FOR INDIANAPOLIS THIS SEASON, WINNING 9 AND LOSING FIVE. HE STRUCK OUT 113 BATTERS AND WALKED 38 IN 125 INNINGS OF WORK, WITH AN ERA OF 2.66.

LOCKE PITCHED FOUR GAMES FOR THE PIRATES WHEN HE WAS CALLED UP IN 2011, ENDING WITH A RECORD OF 0-3.

MLB.COM SAYS LOCKE IS NOW STEPPING INTO THE MIDDLE OF THE NATIONAL LEAGUE CENTRAL RACE – LOCKE TELLS THE WEBSITE “LAST YEAR WAS AN EYE OPENER, FOR SURE. I HAD A TASTE, AND I KNEW I WANTED TO GET BACK. THEY WERE OUT OF IT BY THE TIME I GOT HER, AND NOW IT’S A COMPLETELY DIFFERENT CLUBHOUSE. EVERYONE IS READY TO KEEP THIS THING GOING.”

THE PIRATES ARE IN SECOND PLACE IN THE NATIONAL LEAGUE CENTRAL DIVISION, WITH A RECORD OF 63-47, ONLY TWO AND A HALF GAMES BEHIND THE CINCINNATI REDS.