In a move that does make sense logistically, but has some shock value when looking at it at face value, the Pirates sent Jeff Locke to Double-A Altoona yesterday to clear space for new acquisitions Marlon Byrd and John Buck.

The deciding factor of the move was what Neal Huntington said would give Locke a "short break" while the Pirates could maintain a full roster until Altoona's season ends next week. Huntington said Sept. 3 is when Locke, and fan-favorite Tony Sanchez, will be recalled to Pittsburgh.

Jeff Locke has been sent to Double-A Altoona to press the "pause" button. (Photo Credit: David Hague)

Meanwhile, the Pirates continue to stress they are still committed to Locke. Manager Clint Hurdle said he and pitching coach Ray Searage did take some positives out of Locke's last ...

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