The Pittsburgh Pirates have activated Jeff Locke from the 15-day disabled list, and have optioned him to Indianapolis. Locke made his final rehab start on Wednesday night, striking out ten batters in six innings in Bradenton. I wrote about how Locke looked during that start. Yesterday I asked whether Locke had a spot in the Pirates’ rotation. At the moment there isn’t a spot open for him, which is why this move isn’t much of a surprise. However, if Wandy Rodriguez continues to struggle, Locke could be one of the challengers for his rotation spot.

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  1. Tim,
    How long do you think they will give Wandy? I am hesitant to have much confidence due to the drop in velocity. Also, I can’t see them putting him in the pen because they would have to send out one of current members of the Shark Tank because Locke and/or Cumpton would take his rotation spot.

  2. It could become interesting if Wandy continues to struggle . I assume the Pirates will give him a lot of rope due to what they are paying him . We shall see .

    • No question, glassers. Wandy is a finesse pitcher. Being off for so long, you can expect him to take awhile to get into a groove. I would say at leat 5 or 6 starts. Hopefully at that point you will see some improvement. You don’t expect shutouts from what is obviously a #3 or #4 starter.

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