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Pirates Recall Locke, Hughes, Lambo, Sanchez; Activate Grilli

Pirates Recall Locke, Hughes, Lambo, Sanchez; Activate Grilli

Jason Grilli has been activated from the disabled list. (Photo Credit: David Hague)

The Pittsburgh Pirates made the expected moves to recall Jeff Locke, Jared Hughes, Andrew Lambo, and Tony Sanchez from Altoona today. They also activated Jason Grilli from the disabled list, which was a bit unexpected since there was talk that he could make one more rehab appearance. All five players will be active for tonight's game.

The Pirates optioned Locke, Hughes, Lambo, and Sanchez to Altoona instead of Indianapolis so that they could be called up before their ten days in the minors was up. Normally a player would have to spend ten days on optional assignment before getting called up. However, Altoona's season ended last night, allowing the Pirates to call those players up without waiting the full ten days.

Locke should rejoin the rotation, and it would be a smart move to put him in the rotation tomorrow, pushing Francisco Liriano back a game to face the Cardinals. Lambo and Sanchez will...

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