PITTSBURGH -- All left-hander Jeff Locke got out of his brief return to the Major Leagues was a skipped start. As Jason Grilli came off the Pirates' bereavement list on Wednesday, Locke was optioned back to Triple-A Indianapolis, where he'll jump back into the Indians' rotation.
Locke had joined the Bucs' bullpen on Sunday in Detroit, but there were really never any plans to use him in a typical short relief role, something out of his milieu. Three Pittsburgh starters during Locke's stay averaged six innings, taking him out of play.
"Jeff was here for a [long-relief] role that never presented itself. We were not going to use him situationally," manager Clint Hurdle said.
Locke was due for his ninth start the day he was called up. He was to throw a bullpen session on Wednesday, then get back into the spin of the Indy rotation. He has a record of 3-3, with a 3.02 ERA.