Locke Joins Shrimp on Rehab Assignment

Marlins left-handed pitcher recovering from left biceps tendinitis.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — 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 made two rehab starts for the Hammerheads, where 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.

Locke is in his first season in the Marlins organization, signing with Miami as a free agent on Dec. 16, 2016. Locke is a six-year major league veteran, with all of his previous work in the major leagues with the Pittsburgh Pirates from 2011 to 2016. Locke in his major league career is 35–38 with a 4.41 ERA in his 123 appearances and 110 games started. Last season, Locke spent the full year in Pittsburgh, with a 9–8 record and a 5.44 ERA. In 2013 Locke was a National League All-Star, however did not pitch due to lower back tightness in the 2013 All-Star Game at Citi Field in New York.

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, and a revised roster is attached.

The Jumbo Shrimp continue their series with Mississippi at 7:05 p.m. Friday, when Marlins left-hander Jeff Locke makes a rehab start for Jacksonville, facing Braves left-hander Kolby Allard (4–1). Fans may visit any participating NAPA AutoCare Center to get a FREE general admission ticket for the game, which will be followed by NAPA AutoCare Family Fireworks. The Jumbo Shrimp will wear red “Bold City” jerseys on Red Shirt Friday, and fans who wear red can save $1 per ticket at the box office, or donate the $1 to the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund. Sgt. Scampi returns as the third-inning bat dog. Gates open at 6 p.m. for Miller Lite Happy Hour, presented in part by Wild Wing Café, with Miller Lite beer specials in the new Craft Cave inside the third-base gate until 7:30 p.m. The Wheelhouse Chef’s Table will include a buffet in the suite-level lounge open to all fans for $15 per plate. The game is also presented by WEJZ Lite 96.1.

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