The Miami Marlins announced a transaction that impacts their Double-A affiliate Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp roster prior to tonight's game against the Mississippi Braves at Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville at 7:05 p.m.
Miami Marlins left-handed pitcher Jeff Locke has had his major league rehab assignment transferred from High-A Jupiter to Jacksonville, and will start for the Jumbo Shrimp tonight against the M-Braves. Locke is recovering from left biceps tendinitis that first affected him early in Spring Training, and he hasn't pitched for the Marlins in a major league game in 2017.
Locke proved effective in Jupiter, making two rehab starts for the Hammerheads. He had no wins or losses and an ERA of 1.00 in his nine innings of work. In his first start on May 8, Locke worked four scoreless innings against Bradenton where he allowed two hits with no walks and three strikeouts. In his last start on Saturday May 13, Locke pitched five innings against St. Lucie, where gave up a run on five hits with no walks and seven strikeouts.
With the news that Tom Koehler was placed on the disabled list with bursitis, Locke’s return to Miami and to the starting rotation, may be just what the team needs.
Locke was signed as a free agent this past offseason after pitching in Pittsburgh. He was battling for the fifth spot in the rotation before the injury derailed him. He more than likely would have started the season in long relief.
With the news of Koehler going down with an injury, Miami has had to deal with drastic changes to the rotation. Edinson Volquez just returned from the disabled list for a blister on his pitching thumb. Wei-Yin Chen hasn’t returned from a “tired” arm. Koehler is now out of action. Adam Conley, who won the fifth spot in the rotation out of camp, was sent down to Triple-A New Orleans for being ineffective.
Locke was originally selected by the Atlanta Braves in the second round of the 2006 draft from A. Crosby Kennett HS in Conway, N.H. He was traded by the Braves to the Pirates on June 3, 2009 with Charlie Morton and Gorkys Hernandez in exchange for Nate McLouth.
Locke is the second Marlin to join the Jumbo Shrimp on a rehab assignment this season, with shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria playing for Jacksonville in Pensacola on April 18.
The Jumbo Shrimp roster stands at 25 active players, plus Locke on his major league rehab assignment.
Locke will face Kolby Allard, who is 4-1 this season for the Braves.