DETROIT — It’s like a family reunion for the Nate McLouth trade. Jason Grilli this morning went on the bereavement list and LHP Jeff Locke was recalled from Triple-A Indy. Locke’s arrival means all four players from that June 3, 2009 swap — Locke, Gorkys Hernandez, Charlie Morton and even McLouth himself — are on the Pirates’ active roster. Grilli is expected to return Tuesday.
Locke had been scheduled to start today for Indy — “That’s as fresh as it gets, I guess,” he said –so he’s ready to pitch right away out of the bullpen. Manager Clint Hurdle said Locke was brought up to pitch for length, not to face soley lefty-on-lefty situations. The Tigers have five lefty batters in their lineup today.
Game 41: Pirates @ Tigers, 1:05 p.m. ET
Pirates (18-21): 1. Jose Tabata rf, 2. Neil Walker 2b, 3. Andrew McCutchen cf, 4. Pedro Alvarez dh, 5. Garrett Jones 1b, 6. Josh Harrison 3b, 7. Rod Barajas c, 8. Nate McLouth lf, 9. Clint Barmes ss. Starter: Kevin Correia rhp (1-4, 4.50)
Tigers (19-20): 1. Don Kelly cf, 2. Andy Dirks lf, 3. Miguel Cabrera 3b, 4. Prince Fielder 1b, 5. Delmon Young dh, 6. Brennan Boesch rf, 7. Jhonny Peralta ss, 8. Alex Avila c, 9. Ryan Raburn 2b. Starter: Max Scherzer rhp (2-3, 6.26)