Mon, 14 Jul 2014 08:18:45 -0700
Pittsburgh Pirates SP Francisco Liriano will start Friday, July 18, in the first game of the second half, followed by Charlie Morton, Jeff Locke, Edinson Volquez and Vance Worley, according to manager Clint Hurdle.
Fantasy Tip: Gerrit Cole (lat) remains out of the rotation for at least another week, but he should be back sometime in August. Worley remains NL-only fodder for as long as he's taking Cole's spot.
Thu, 10 Jul 2014 12:29:45 -0700
Pittsburgh Pirates SP Gerrit Cole (lat) threw on flat ground a few times from approximately 45 or 60 feet Thursday, July 10.
Fantasy Tip: Clearly, Cole isn't close to returning. Continue to stash him in all formats. Jeff Locke and Brandon Cumpton will continue to fill out the Pirates rotation in his absence. Locke is worth consideration in all formats, at least in favorable matchups. Cumpton has fleeting NL-only value, unless Cole is out longer than the expected few weeks.
Thu, 26 Jun 2014 14:50:39 -0700
Pittsburgh Pirates SP Gerrit Cole's (shoulder) return Saturday, June 28, will push someone out of the starting rotation, but manager Clint Hurdle has not disclosed any information. Two candidates for demotions are SPs Jeff Locke and Brandon Cumpton, because they have minor league options remaining, while SP Vance Worley does not. Pirates SP Edinson Volquez was scheduled to pitch Saturday, June 28, on normal rest but is being skipped in favor of Cole.
Fantasy Tip: Check back for updates, because anyone starting for the Pirates has value to NL-only owners. Locke, Cumpton and Worley have all pitched well of late and are potential options in mixed leagues, at least, in favorable matchups. Volquez's inconsistency is frustrating, but it would be a bold move for Hurdle to remove him from the starting rotation.
Sun, 08 Jun 2014 08:45:55 -0700
The Pittsburgh Pirates placed SP Gerrit Cole (shoulder) on the 15-day disabled list Sunday, June 8, with right shoulder fatigue. SP Jeff Locke was recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis.
Fantasy Tip: This may have been what has causing him to have issues going deeper into games. A healthy Cole is still a fine fantasy player, and his peripherals were sound despite his shaky WHIP. Stash him where you can. Locke is risky NL-only fodder, presuming he takes Cole's rotation spot.
Sat, 07 Jun 2014 18:17:38 -0700
The Pittsburgh Pirates will recall SP Jeff Locke from Triple-A Indianapolis to start Sunday, June 8, against the Milwaukee Brewers in place of the injured SP Gerrit Cole (shoulder).
Thu, 22 May 2014 19:55:32 -0700
Pittsburgh Pirates SP Brandon Cumpton appears to be the leading candidate to start Monday, May 26, because SP Jeff Locke started for Triple-A Indianapolis Thursday, May 22, and likely would not be ready for the start.
Thu, 22 May 2014 13:09:22 -0700
Pittsburgh Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said SPs Jeff Locke and Brandon Cumpton are candidates to come up and take the rotation spot of SP Wandy Rodriguez, who was designated for assignment.
Fantasy Tip: Locke might be the favorite here because he has more experience starting in the big leagues. Neither pitcher is very attractive for those outside of NL-only leagues, however.
Tue, 06 May 2014 11:41:04 -0700
The Pittsburgh Pirates recalled RP Phillip Irwin from Triple-A Indianapolis Tuesday, May 6, and optioned SP Jeff Locke to Indy in a corresponding move.
Mon, 05 May 2014 11:59:12 -0700
Pittsburgh Pirates SP Jeff Locke will be the starting pitcher for the team's game Monday, May 5.
Mon, 05 May 2014 11:58:44 -0700
The Pittsburgh Pirates have recalled SP Jeff Locke from Triple-A Indianapolis. The team also optioned SP Casey Sadler to Triple-A Indianapolis.