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Pirates Considering Spot Starters in the Month of August

Pirates Considering Spot Starters in the Month of August

Jeff Locke is one of the arms being considered for spots starts in August.

With a tough stretch coming up for Pittsburgh in the month of August, the Pirates are considering several options in order to keep their starting staff fresh. After an off day on August 2nd, they will play 20 straight games without a day off. Nine of those 20 games are on the road, finishing with three games on the West Coast.

Both General Manager Neal Huntington and Skipper Clint Hurdle said that they are considering on using several spot starts during that stretch in order to give the Pirates starting staff an extra day of rest to stay fresh during the stretch. While it wouldn't be a six-man rotation, it would push the rotation back a day giving them ample rest as they continue to battle in contention in the National League Central.

Right-hander Brad Lincoln, who is currently in the Pirates bullpen, and left-handers Jeff Locke, Rudy Owens and Justin Wilson, who are in Triple-A Indianapolis, were the n...

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