Here are some Spring Training notes for your Sunday afternoon.
**Jeff Locke has been recovering from an oblique injury, and threw a bullpen yesterday. Pirates' General Manager Neal Huntington talked about Locke's injury and how he needs to get built up for the majors.
"Jeff's healthy, and now we've got to get him built up," Huntington said. "The clock becomes your enemy when you become a starting pitcher, and you miss some time due to injury. Jeff's healthy, throwing the ball great, but now it's a matter of getting stretched out and getting his innings built up."
If you're wondering whether he could start the year on the disabled list, that doesn't really make much sense. If he started on the DL, it would be to get him stretched out, which would occur in starts down in Indianapolis. The alternative is optioning him to Indianapolis, where he would do the exact same thing. Unless his injury prevents him from pitching, I don't see him going on the DL. And I don't see him making t...
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