More than a few Pirates fans wondered aloud how Jeff Locke remained on the roster the last couple seasons, especially since he again imploded in 2016. He maintained a 91.5 mph average fastball, throwing a tick harder upon his permanent banishment to the bullpen in August. The Pirates worked with Locke's windup and pitch repertoire in hopes of improving the one-time All-Star's results -- general manager Neal Huntington was a steadfast fan -- but he never rekindled his 2013 first-half success. After becoming a free agent in December, Locke inked a deal with the Marlins, where he will compete for a spot at the back of the rotation, with a long relief role awaiting him if he falls short in that endeavor.
The Marlins placed Locke (biceps) on the 10-day disabled list Sunday, Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald reports. Locke was unable to secure an Opening Day bullpen gig with the big club after a bout with biceps tendinitis shelved him for much of spring training. The lefty has recently resumed mound work and could start pitching in minor-league games in the near future, so it appears he's not in line for an extended absence. Once he's activated from the DL, Locke will either work in long relief for the Marlins or potentially serve in a starting role at Triple-A New Orleans.
Locke (biceps) is in line to begin the season the disabled list, MLB.com's Joe Frisaro reports. Locke has been able to throw off a mound in recent days, but since he wasn't able to get any Grapefruit League appearances under his belt before Opening Day, it was a foregone conclusion that he would be DL bound. Once he proves he's healthy, Locke may have to settle for long-relief duty with the big club.
Locke (biceps) threw 15 pitches off a mound Saturday, Andre Fernandez of the Miami Herald reports. He reported no issues with his arm afterward, but Locke is still looking at a late-April or early-May return to action given the amount of time he missed this spring with the injury. Depending on how the rest of the Marlins' staff is faring when he returns, the lefty could slot into the rotation or in long relief.
Locke (biceps) is scheduled to throw off a mound Saturday, the Miami Herald reports. "I think we're progressing pretty well," Locke said Wednesday. He's still expected to begin the season on the DL, however, and a late-April or early-May return seems to be the best-case scenario for Locke given how little work he was able to get in during spring training. Depending on the state of the Marlins' rotation when he's finally healthy, the left-hander could fill either a starting spot or a long-relief role, or both, this season.
Locke (biceps) continues to throw every other day, but has not yet gotten back on a mound and seems unlikely to be ready for Opening Day, Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports. "Honestly, I don't think we see him as guy being ready to open the season," Marlins manager Don Mattingly said Friday. "It may be close. It may be 10 days, it may be two weeks. I want him to be healthy and keep growing. We've got to make sure he's healthy first, built up properly without rushing." The former Pirate seemed ticketed for a long relief role anyway, but Locke's bout of biceps tendinitis appears to have cost him a shot at even breaking camp on the 25-man roster, much less winning a spot in the rotation. He can be safely ignored in even deep fantasy formats until he proves he's healthy and can effectively retire big league hitters, something that he's struggled to do over the last two seasons.
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