Pirates will be cautious with Locke

Pirates will be cautious with Locke

LOS ANGELES -- Friday's game was a good indicator of how the Pirates will use 23-year-old starter Jeff Locke for the rest of the season, manager Clint Hurdle said.

Locke was removed after just three innings because of a growing pitch count, as Hurdle took every precaution with the rookie lefty. Hurdle said Locke will be on a 75-80 pitch count for the rest of the season, and even then he'll err on the side of caution.

"He's not gonna go any more than that just because this is a month that he's never pitched in," Hurdle said. "He's at an area of innings that we're gonna have to keep an eye on."

Locke only made five starts with Triple-A Indianapolis, where he impressed with a 2.22 ERA, before he got the September callup. He is slated to pitch next against Cincinnati in Pittsburgh.

"We're not looking for him to throw a complete game or 125 pitches," Hurdle said.

"We're just trying to get him out there, and this is as much about getting to see him pitch as it is with getting many of our young men acclimated into the big leagues."