After Erik Bedard was pulled from the game on Saturday having pitched just 4.2 innings and allowing five runs, a question was raised -- who will pitch from the bullpen for length? The Pirates optioned Jeff Locke to Triple-A on Thursday, who made two appearances in his stay in the Majors in long relief for the club.

Both Jared Hughes and Chris Resop can pitch two innings a piece usually, but Resop came in for relief on Friday deeming him only available for an inning. Hughes stepped up big for the Pirates on Saturday tossing 2.1 perfect frames with a strikeout. But Hughes isn't normally their length arm. The right-hander has served in the role on occasion, but with Kevin Correia still in the six-man rotation, Pittsburgh doesn't really have an arm that can pitch deep into the game when nee...

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