PITTSBURGH, Pa. -- On Monday afternoon rookie Jeff Locke watched alongside Pitching Coach Ray Searage as right-hander A.J. Burnett threw a bullpen at PNC Park. The 24-year-old, who was recalled on Sunday from Triple-A Indianapolis has learned a lot from the 35-year-old vet during his time since joining the club, as well as during spring training.
"A.J. has been so good with me," Locke said.
Locke's time in Pittsburgh isn't expected to last long. The left-hander replaced righty reliever Jason Grilli, who was placed on the bereavement list. Locke, who has been a starter in all but nine of his 130 appearances in the minor leagues, will come out of the bullpen if he makes an appearance.
Locke realizes his time might be a quick trip, but is soaking up the opportunity while he's here.
"Just trying to instill the confidence while I'm here, " Locke said. "Whether you’re here to fill in, whether you’re here because you are, either way you’re here in the Major Leagues because the org...