Pirates Activate Grilli, Locke Back to AAA Rotation

PITTSBURGH, Pa. — As expected, the Pittsburgh Pirates activated right-hander Jason Grilli from the Bereavement list today, and optioned left-hander Jeff Locke to Triple-A Indianapolis. Grilli will be active for today’s game from the bullpen against the New York Mets. Grilli has posted a 2.25 ERA over 17 appearances (16.0 innings) with 27 strikeouts and nine walks. Locke didn’t make an appearance from the bullpen for...

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Jeff Locke Looking to Bring New Delivery to PNC Park Mound

PITTSBURGH, Pa. — On Monday afternoon rookie Jeff Locke watched alongside Pitching Coach Ray Searage as right-hander A.J. Burnett threw a bullpen at PNC Park. The 24-year-old, who was recalled on Sunday from Triple-A Indianapolis has learned a lot from the 35-year-old vet during his time since joining the club, as well as during spring training. “A.J. has been so good with me,” Locke said. Locke’s time in...

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Indians Snap Losing Streak With Two-Hit Pitching

Indianapolis Indians  4,  Buffalo Bison  1 (Box)   After losing 5 games in a row, the Indians snapped their losing streak this afternoon at Coca-Cola Park in Buffalo, NY, beating the Bison by a score of 4-1.  The Indians got a strong pitching effort by starter Rick VandenHurk as well as relievers Tim Wood and Doug Slaten.  VandenHurk earned his 2nd win of the season, and Slaten took his 8th Save.  The Indians also took advantage...

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Jeff Locke Called Up

The Pittsburgh Pirates will call up left-hander Jeff Locke, Pirates Prospects has learned. Locke was scheduled to make his start today for the Indianapolis Indians. Rick VandenHurk will now be making that start with Locke getting the call. It’s unknown right now what Locke’s role will be, but the timing is interesting. I’m assuming he will be getting the call today, since he won’t be starting for Indianapolis....

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Minor League Schedule: 5/20/12

The highlights of today’s schedule are the second start of the year for Tim Alderson and Jeff Locke making his ninth start in Indianapolis. Locke was ranked 11th overall in the Pirates Prospects 2012 Prospect Guide. *** Jeff Locke has been called up to the majors since this was posted. Details here***A full recap of yesterday’s games can be found here. Triple-A: Indianapolis (22-20) @ Buffalo (26-17) 1:05pm Probable starter:...

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