Jeff Locke will be the starter for the Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday, Clint Hurdle announced today to the media. Locke will most likely be recalled after today's game, and probably will only be needed for a spot start.

Locke got off to a late start this year with Indianapolis, after suffering an oblique injury in Spring Training. So far with the Indians, he has put up a 5.68 ERA in 19 innings. He does have an encouraging 17:5 K/BB ratio in that time, which is good since his biggest issue last year in the second half was a lack of control. He has given up four home runs, with all of them coming in the first two outings of the season.

The Pirates needed a spot starter on Monday, since Brandon Cumpton and Charlie Morton both pitched on Thursday. That means no one in the rotation would ha...

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