Pirates Notebook: Locke Shines in 2012 Debut, But His Role is Undecided

Jeff Locke was impressive in his 2012 debut for the Pirates on Thursday at PNC Park. The left-hander, who was recalled on Wednesday, was promoted to serve the club with length from the bullpen — a role that he’s never been called upon to do in his professional career. But the 24-year-old looked nothing like a rookie on the mound in Pittsburgh. “I think there’s nerves anytime you pitch at any level. If you’re not...

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Hague, Hughes Make First Opening Day Roster with Pirates

The Pirates had until 5:00 p.m. ET to set their rosters for Opening Day, and after a series of moves, Pittsburgh’s Opening Day 25-man roster shaped up. Right-hander Chris Leroux was placed on the 60-Day disabled list due to a  strained right pectoral muscle. Leroux sustained the injury during the Pirates 5-2 loss to the Phillies on Tuesday in Philadelphia. He is required to rest for 4-6 weeks. With placing Leroux on DL, a spot...

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Pittsburgh Pirates 2012 Season Preview: Bullpen

The Pittsburgh Pirates bullpen was strong for the club during the 2011 season posting a ‘pen 3.76 ERA over 526.0 innings. Only one reliever did not return for the 2012 season, right-hander Jose Veras, who was traded to the Milwaukee Brewers for infielder Casey McGehee. Like Veras, right-hander Juan Cruz signed a minor league contract and will make the club as a non-roster player this season. Locks in the ‘pen: Juan Cruz,...

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