The Pittsburgh Pirates have recalled Jeff Locke from Triple-A to make tonight’s start, and have optioned Casey Sadler to Indianapolis. It’s not a surprise that Sadler was optioned to Indianapolis. He just threw two innings in relief yesterday, and his best value to the Pirates is as starting depth. The last start he made was April 22nd, so he should go down and get stretched back out as a starter if the Pirates need him in the future.
As for Locke, this will only be a spot start. Ryan Palencer had an article this morning talking about how Locke is looking to bounce back after his poor second half last year. He’ll get a shot to do that today, but the Pirates don’t need a regular fifth starter until the end of the month, so expect him to go back down after this start.