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Pirates recall pitcher Jeff Locke to start Monday against Giants

Jeff Locke was optioned to Double-A after having a rough second half of the season. (Justin K. Aller/Getty Images) Jeff Locke is back in the majors after spending the first month in Triple-A. (Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

The Pittsburgh Pirates have recalled left-handed pitcher Jeff Locke from Triple-A Indianapolis, the team announced Monday.

In a related move, the team optioned right-hander Casey Sadler to AAA.

Locke will get the nod Monday against the San Francisco Giants, his first big-league start since Sept. 22.

The team is still hoping left-hander Wandy Rodriguez can return from right knee inflammation. The Pirates want him to make at least one more rehab start in the minors.

Last season, Locke made the All-Star team after starting the season with a 9-2 record and a 2.11 ERA. But over his last six starts, Locke's ERA ballooned to 8.11 and opposing batters he faced hit nearly .390. His struggles earned him a demotion to Double-A.

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